Approximately 5.7 million people in the United States experience heart failure, and about 670 000 new cases are diagnosed annually. Patients who are ineligible for heart transplant may benefit from a left ventricular assist device. These devices have provided patients with an increased life span, but eventually patients die of the underlying heart disease. This case study illustrates the appropriate use of palliative care teams to address preparedness planning and help decrease moral distress among nursing staff. (Critical Care Nurse. 2014; 34[2]:47–56)

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