Course 4: Short- and Long-term Circulatory/Respiratory Support

Course Directors: Aaron M. Cheng, Seattle, WA, and Nicholas G. Smedira, Cleveland, OH


This course is designed to familiarize participants with the currently available forms of short- and long-term mechanical circulatory or respiratory support. Instructors will focus on techniques for optimal device insertion, minimizing both short- and long-term complications, and optimization of the device settings. At each station, the instructor will provide a brief overview of the surgical techniques or the device itself. Participants will then have the opportunity to work directly with the instructor to discuss issues related to insertion of the device or management of the device. 

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to: 

  • Select optimal short-term devices for the presenting clinical condition
  • Discuss strategies to minimize limb complications using short-term devices
  • Summarize the technical pearls for the insertion and exchange of ventricular assist devices
  • Discuss troubleshooting and device optimization

Please watch the video below containing background information and lecture materials associated with this course.

Please note: No CME credit is associated with the viewing of web-based content. This presentation was created for The Society of Thoracic Surgeons STS University courses, and STS retains sole rights to these materials.