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The VAD Coordinator Roles and Responsibilities in Caring for Patients with Ventricular Assist Devices 

The VAD Coordinator Roles and Responsibilities in Caring for Patients with Ventricular Assist Devices
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The VAD Coordinator Roles and Responsibilities in Caring for Patients with Ventricular Assist Devices
Author(s):

Brittany Butzler

and Kristen Kiehl

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190909291.003.0046
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date: 05 June 2020

An essential part of any mechanical circulatory support (MCS) program is a coordinator with an extensive knowledge of ventricular-assist devices (VAD) from a technical, clinical, and systems perspective. The VAD coordinator is the patient’s clinical liaison for the duration of MCS, from evaluation to transplant or death. These coordinators have various educational backgrounds and can have a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities. This chapter describes the primary activities and responsibilities of the VAD coordinator during each phase of MCS support, as well as other responsibilities related to troubleshooting, staff education, and tracking and maintaining VAD equipment.

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