LVAD Patients Find Safety at University Hospital
University Hospital will provide a safe location for any Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) patient and their caregiver who has a medical need or experiences extended loss of power, and their community resources can no longer serve their needs.
The LVAD or left ventricular assist device is an implantable mechanical circulatory pump that assists the heart. The LVAD patient must always be connected to a power source. These patients must have access to AC power (3 pronged outlets) to support their device. When there is an extended loss of power, the LVAD patient should go to their nearest fire station, police station, shelter, hotel, or other community resource for power support. If the community can no longer support the LVAD patient, they may come to University Hospital for assistance. The patient will be provided access to electrical power for their equipment.
Emergency preparedness applies to everyone, even more so to patients with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) that requires constant power. Several types of hazards can impact these patients, such as prolonged power loss, flood, or disaster related evacuation. Knowing what to do can make all the difference.
In an event of prolonged power loss, patient options may vary depending on how widespread the power outage:
- Relocate to family or friend’s home that has power
- Relocate to the nearest fire station, police station, community shelter, or hotel that has a back-up generator
- Go to the hospital emergency room
Below is a list of items an LVAD patient should be reminded to bring with them in an emergency.
- Batteries (always charge batteries after use so you have spare, fully charged batteries)
- Mobile Power Unit (MPU) or Power Module (PM)
- Spare controller
- Battery charger
- Driveline exit site dressing supplies
- LVAD binder (patient manual, and other instructions provided by your LVAD team)
- Emergency contact numbers
- Prescribed medications
- Food / Water
- Cell Phone/Charger
University Hospital offers the area’s only accredited LVAD destination therapy center. We have a team of highly trained healthcare professionals that are willing and able to care for these patients. We look forward to providing the highest quality service to any LVAD patients in the community.