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Special Situations: Withdrawal of Technology 

Special Situations: Withdrawal of Technology
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date: 22 October 2019

Advanced practice registered nurses play a key role in the care of the cardiac patient. They order and interpret diagnostic data, perform physical examinations, make diagnoses, and formulate individualized treatment plans. This may include education about lifestyle modifications, the introduction and titration of cardiac medications, and referral for more advanced cardiac treatments such as vasoactive or inotropic medications, cardiovascular implantable electronic devices, and ventricular assist devices. Often patients decide to discontinue these therapies. This chapter reviews such therapies and the process for cessation while best manageing symptoms.

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