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Heart Lung Circ. 2013 Nov;22(11):952-4. doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2013.02.001. Epub 2013 Mar 16.

Death on an LVAD-Two sides of a coin.

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University of New South Wales, Australia.

Abstract

LVADs are increasingly being used to support patients with end stage heart failure. As such, the traditional definition of death, the absence of a pulse, requires re-examination as it is no longer clinically relevant. We present two contrasting cases of "death" on LVAD support and present some ethical issues surrounding the end of life on LVAD support.

KEYWORDS:

Death; Left ventricular assist device; Ventricular fibrillation

PMID:
23506725
DOI:
10.1016/j.hlc.2013.02.001
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