Mechanical Circulatory Support: Lived VAD Experience
Presented by: Dr. Laura Hawryluck
Date: January 11, 2023 at 12PM EST
Patients have often had a long journey prior to facing major cardiac interventions such as a VAD, or transplantation. They have often already experienced symptoms of anxiety and depression during their course of illness, which are heightened by the admission to an ICU. For other patients, they may find themselves in the ICU following an unexpected life-threatening event, trying to understand the events that brought them there. Patients in the ICU awaiting or having undergone major interventions often face uncertainty, loss of control, as well as physical distress, compounded by psychological distress. We will focus on exploring the patient’s journey in the ICU and examining the role of the healthcare team in supporting their patient.
About the Speaker:
Laura is an intensivist and I'm a psychiatrist and will be approaching it from that perspective.
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