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Mobilizing Patients on ECMO and VAD

Mobilizing Patients on ECMO and VAD

The University of Kentucky Medical Center is one of the leading centers in the country for lung and heart transplants. One of the challenges faced by the transplant team is that their patients often wait weeks to months on ECMO or VAD prior to these transplants. These patients are often physically able to walk and exercise their muscles but the size of the life saving machines makes it very difficult to ambulate with them. Immobility will often lead to weakness and muscle atrophy. The team of nurses and perfussionists at UKMC found the LIVENGOOD PACE to be a great solution to this difficult obstacle. While trialing the PACE they were able to ambulate patients on ECMO or VAD several times a day. They loved the PACE and so did their patients.

*Case Study and photographic images used with patient permission