Ethical Analysis of Withdrawing Ventricular Assist Device Support
Mueller, Paul S
Swetz, Keith M
Freeman, Monica R
Carter, Kari A
Crowley, Mary Eliot
Severson, Cathy J Anderson
Park, Soon J
Sulmasy, Daniel P
Mayo Clinic proceedings. Mayo Clinic 2010 Sep; 85(9): 791-7
To describe a series of patients with heart failure supported with a ventricular assist device (VAD) who requested (or whose surrogates requested) withdrawal of VAD support and the legal and ethical aspects pertaining to these requests.
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Palliative Medicine Consultation for Preparedness Planning in Patients Receiving Left Ventricular Assist Devices as Destination Therapy Swetz, Keith M; Freeman, Monica R; AbouEzzeddine, Omar F; Carter, Kari A; Boilson, Barry A; Ottenberg, Abigale L; Park, Soon J; Mueller, Paul S (2011-06)To assess the benefit of proactive palliative medicine consultation for delineation of goals of care and quality-of-life preferences before implantation of left ventricular assist devices as destination therapy (DT).
Swetz, Keith M; Mueller, Paul S; Ottenberg, Abigale L; Dib, Chadi; Freeman, Monica R; Sulmasy, Daniel P (2011-02)Patients who undergo implantation of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) often have improved quality of life, but may eventually succumb to their heart failure and/or sustain LVAD-related complications. In end-of-life ...
Palliative Care and End-of-Life Issues in Patients Treated With Left Ventricular Assist Devices as Destination Therapy Swetz, Keith M; Ottenberg, Abigale L; Freeman, Monica R; Mueller, Paul S (2011-09)Left ventricular assist devices as destination therapy (DT) improve quality of life for many patients with advanced heart failure. However, DT can be associated with risks such as infection, bleeding, and stroke, and may ...