The Hemopump temporary cardiac assist system is currently in clinical trials at several centers across the United States and abroad. Patients with postcardiotomy low cardiac output or patients with cardiogenic shock secondary to acute myocardial infarction may greatly benefit from this device. Theory of pump operation, patient selection, and nursing management is discussed. Presentation of a case study demonstrating the effect of Hemopump support will be provided. A detailed nursing care plan as well as application of research findings to clinical practice will be outlined. As cardiovascular technology progresses, the critical care nurse must continue to be involved in all aspects of patient care. The Hemopump may prove to be a highly beneficial mode of ventricular assistance for patients with inadequate cardiac function

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