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In-Person Post-Implant Courses

Our in-person courses are held throughout the year on the following topics. To express interest in registering for a course, reach out to your local Abbott representative or request information directly from our Training and Education team.

VAD Coordinator Course

Advanced Patient Management for Patients with an LVAD

Course for VAD coordinators or physicians with strong interest in managing patients with an LVAD. The program covers state-of-the-art procedures to care for HeartMate patients; advanced patient management; pitfalls and troubleshooting; and HeartMate 3™ in clinical practice.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Select the right patient at the right time
  • Understand the interaction between the heart and LVAD
  • Carry out database management
  • Apply HeartMate 3 technology
  • Educate patients and caregivers
  • Design long-term patient management strategies
     
Who It’s For

VAD coordinators
 

Course Level

All levels of experience

Upcoming Locations
Upcoming Dates and Locations:

12-13 April, 2022
20-12 September, 2022
Vienna, Austria

Duration

1.5 days.

VAD Coordinator Course (in German)

Ideas Surrounding Management of Patients with LVADs

The VAD Coordinator Course is an initiative of one of the VAD centers in the German-speaking part of Europe. Abbott plays a facilitating role in relation to the Summit’s organization and provides support for building the program’s content.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Benefit from the Summit’s provision of an exchange platform for ideas surrounding management of patients with LVADs
  • Build a network to enhance LVAD patient care
  • Contribute to discussions about current topics in the field of MCS
     
Who It’s For

VAD Coordinators
 

Course Level

All levels

Upcoming Locations
Upcoming Dates and Locations:

TBA 2022

Advanced VAD Coordinator Summit

Specialized Discussions on Topics Relevant to LVAD

This course is a highly advanced meeting for the most experienced VAD coordinators in the European region. It offers a platform for comprehensive discussion of LVAD-related topics with VAD coordinator leaders at a very specialized level. Sessions will include a literature overview, pro-and-con debates and an overall discussion to create a consensus on the topic under consideration. All participants are required to participate actively in the discussions to ensure useful results.

Outcomes of this meeting will ideally be made available to other VAD Coordinators by publishing reports on its discussion points and conclusions.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Move forward with a deepened understanding of the topics discussed
  • Bring a higher level of therapy to patients with an LVAD
  • Build a foundation and network for further cooperation on future projects
     
Who It’s For

Experienced VAD Coordinators
 

Course Level

Highly advanced

Upcoming Locations
Upcoming Dates and Locations:

TBA 2022

Duration

1.5 days.

Echo in Mechanical Circulatory Support

The Role of Echo in Advanced Heart Failure and LVAD Therapy

Echocardiography is a well-accepted diagnostic technique that plays an important role in the management of patients with Advanced Heart Failure. In patients implanted with an LVAD, Echo diagnostics are often a cornerstone in diagnosing related clinical complaints and symptoms. This course will discuss the role of Echo in Advanced Heart Failure and LVAD therapy in particular.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand key Echo parameters in Advanced Heart Failure
  • Appreciate the predictive value of Echocardiography
  • Apply Echo as a diagnostic tool in LVAD troubleshooting
  • Use a redefined approach to patient management
  • Utilize various tips and tricks to get the most out of Echocardiography

Who It’s For

Anesthesiologists, intensivists, cardiologists
 

Course Level

Mid to advanced

Upcoming Locations
Upcoming Dates and Locations:

TBA 2022

Duration

1.5 days.

Hemodynamics in Mechanical Circulatory Support

Understanding How an LVAD Affects the Heart and Circulation

Implanting an LVAD in a patient has dramatic consequences for the cardiovascular system. The introduction of a pump requires a different mindset when assessing the hemodynamic status of a patient. Regular diagnostic concepts do not always apply to a patient with an LVAD.

This program offers deep insight into how an LVAD impacts the heart and circulation. Using a simulation model for demonstration, normal LVAD functioning and different clinical scenarios are discussed. Troubleshooting on specific conditions will further deepen hemodynamic LVAD understanding.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand basic hemodynamics in a patient with an LVAD in parallel to the heart
  • Interpret — and effectively troubleshoot — specific clinical scenarios
     
Who It’s For

Physicians, surgeons and nurses responsible for management of patients with an LVAD
 

Course Level

Comprehensive to advanced (Beginners in the field may experience difficulty understanding the scenarios)

Upcoming Locations
Upcoming Dates and Locations:

TBA 2022

Duration

1.5 days

LVAD Management

Improving Clinical Outcomes and Quality of Life for Patients Implanted with an LVAD

Recent publications show that LVAD treatment has achieved excellent clinical results. Technology has contributed largely to those achievements. A logical next step is to optimize the care of patients implanted with an LVAD and thus further improve their clinical outcomes and quality of life. This course will focus on critical patient management issues with the aim of reducing adverse events to a minimum.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Take VAD treatment to the next level
  • Employ protocols, tips and tricks to help achieve this ambition
  • Focus on the importance of prevention
  • Use a redefined approach to patient management
  • Realize that achieving the best possible patient care requires a team effort
     
Who It’s For

Teams responsible for management of patients with an LVAD
 

Course Level

Mid to advanced (a good understanding of LVAD therapy is recommended, along with a will to learn more)

Upcoming Locations
Upcoming Dates and Locations:

TBA 2022

Duration

1.5 days.

48-Hr Post-Op

Management of Patients Recently Implanted with an LVAD

The first few days after an LVAD implant are critical for good clinical outcomes of patients on a HeartMate 3 LVAD. Prevention of adverse events and early recognition of symptoms indicating patient deterioration are imperative for the patient’s wellbeing. This program will provide deep knowledge on the management of recently LVAD-implanted patients.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Realize the intricate interplay surrounding LVAD in a “new” circulatory concept
  • Take correct fluid management decisions
  • Preserve the right ventricle
  • Watch for sepsis, MOF and cardiopulmonary insufficiency
  • Take effective measures to reduce the risk of post-operative stroke
     
Who It’s For

VAD teams, intensivists, anesthesiologists, surgeons, cardiologists
 

Course Level

Comprehensive to advanced (participants should have a reasonable understanding of LVAD treatment)

Upcoming Locations
Upcoming Dates and Locations:

TBA 2022

Duration

1.5 days

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