LVAD Basics: LVAD Care in Community-Based Medical Settings

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The following can benefit from attending: RNs, LPNs, NPs, PAs, MAs, EMTs and other medical team members from settings including emergency medical services in the field, long-term acute care facilities, and skilled nursing facilities.


This program is designed to provide didactic and hands-on education related to the care of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) patients residing in the community setting.


Allana Langley, RN, MSN, CCRN
Project Coordinator
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate how to change the controller on Heartware and Heartmate II devices
  • Demonstrate how to change power sources on Heartware and Heartmate II devices
  • Demonstrate how to perform an LVAD drive line dressing change
  • Describe LVAD hemodynamics
  • Identify LVAD basic indications/contraindications, components and goal of therapy
  • Discuss the elements of daily routine care and lifestyle changes associated with a patient living with an LVAD
  • Identify unique elements of emergency care and appropriate interventions


Note: The February course includes only Afternoon Session 2, the June course only includes Morning Session 1.

Morning Session 1

7:45 to 11:30 a.m.

7:45 a.m. – Registration
8 a.m. – Introduction Lecture
9 a.m. – Break
9:15 a.m. – Rotating Stations
11:30 a.m. – Program Evaluation/Adjournment

Afternoon Session 2

Noon to 4 p.m.

Noon – Registration
12:30 p.m. – Introduction Lecture
1:30 p.m. – Break
1:45 p.m. – Rotating Stations
4 p.m. – Program Evaluation/Adjournment


There is no fee for this program, but registration is required.


2.0 PSNA Contact Hours

2.0 contact hours awarded. This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Find the University Conference Center

  • Follow the main Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center entrance sign
  • Follow Governor Road/Rt. 322 West for 0.4 miles
  • Turn left at the first traffic light onto Bullfrog Valley Road
  • Travel 0.4 miles and turn left at the first traffic light onto Life Lion Drive
  • Follow Life Lion Drive to Campus Drive to Conference Drive
  • The University Conference Center (UCC) building will be on your left, with parking on the west and south sides of the building
  • Turn left off Campus Drive at the UCC parking sign

Cancellation Policy

The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.

If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Preregistered participants will be notified if a program is filled or canceled.

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Continuing Education at least one week in advance of your participation or visit.


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