Multidisciplinary approach decreases length of stay and reduces cost for ventricular assist device therapy.
ABSTRACT High implantation costs and long postoperative length of stay (LOS) in debilitated patients complicate ventricular assist device (VAD) therapy. Between July 2000 and February 2005, 30 patients received a VAD at our institution. Of those, 20 patients were successfully discharged from the hospital with VADs. In August 2003, a multidisciplinary team was formed consisting of all services for VAD patients to replace a single-discipline (cardiac surgery) system. This team evaluated potential VAD candidates and identified optimal timing for implantation. These 20 VAD patients were divided into two groups according to the initiation of multidisciplinary team; the traditional group (n=7, July 2000-July 2003) and the multidisciplinary group (n=13, August 2003-February 2005). Patient demographics were not different. The LOS decreased from 61 to 15 days (P<0.01), especially LOS on the floor decreased from 35 to 7 days (P=0.03). The floor cost was significantly reduced ($47,111 vs. $8742, P<0.01), leading to a decrease in total postoperative cost ($202,238 vs. $161,744, P<0.01). The 30-day readmission rate decreased (5/7 patients vs. 1/13 patients, P<0.01). A multidisciplinary approach significantly decreased LOS and cost after VAD therapy, mostly by decreasing the cost of routine non-ICU care, without increasing the readmission rate.
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ABSTRACT: The number of heart failure (HF) patients living with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) as destination therapy is increasing. Successful long-term LVAD support includes a high degree of self-care by the patient and their caregiver, and also requires long-term support from a multidisciplinary team. All three components of self-care deserve special attention once an HF patient receives an LVAD, including activities regarding self-care maintenance (activities related both to the device and lifestyle), self-care monitoring (e.g., monitoring for complications or distress), and self-care management (e.g., handling alarms or coping with living with the device). For patients to perform optimal self-care once they are discharged, they need optimal education that focuses on knowledge and skills through a collaborative, adult learning approach.Current Heart Failure Reports 05/2014; 11(3). DOI:10.1007/s11897-014-0201-0
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