We may come across patients with Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs), either in the prehospital or interhospital setting. Prehospital & retrieval medicine practitioners should have a basic understanding of how they function, what can go wrong, and how to troubleshoot in emergencies.
These two talks by HEMS Physician Chris Partyka will take you through the essentials:
Chris’ blog post at The Blunt Dissection
LifeInTheFastLane on VADs with multiple other links.