5C: LVAD Deactivation in the Home: Is your team ready?

Emily Black, APRN, CNP

This session is a case review of an in home LVAD deactivation, a procedure never before completed by the Mayo Clinic hospice team. Discussion will review end of life considerations for LVAD patients, including difficult conversations leading up to deactivation. Planning and protocol development for the procedure will be discussed.

By the end of the session, learners will be able to:

  • Describe challenging end of life issues for patients with LVADs and the evolution of care leading up to a planned deactivation in the home
  • Identify the team members and processes necessary to implement an advanced symptom management plan for LVAD deactivation in the home