Ventricular Assist Devices

Organization: Emergency Services Education

Created by: Shane Driver NRP, FP-C, CCEMTP


The chances of an EMS provider encountering a LVAS, LVAD, or HVAD patient in the field is rapidly increasing.  Will you know what to do in the event of VAD failure?  Is your patient exhibiting symptoms of VAD failure or systemic infection?  What is the problem is something else entirely?  Why can't you just take the patient to your local hospital?

In this module we will answer these questions and more.  We will also provide you with helpful resources that are yours to download and keep.


Alabama OEMS 0.75 CME (All levels) 17-R1-0055, 18-R1-9100, 19-R1-9100, 20-R1-9100, 21-R1-9100, 22-R1-9100, 23-R1-9100, 24-R1-9100


Meets or exceeds NCCR Requirements

  • Learn to perform appropriate interventions in the event of an emergency
  • Understand the theory of device operations
  • Identify system components and their functions
  • Review various alarms and troubleshooting
  • Discuss transportation options
  • Review valuable resources available

Educate, Direct, Succeed