Bedside right ventricular assist device removal in the conscious patient

Ann Thorac Surg. 2007 Apr;83(4):1556-7. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2005.06.044.


A technique is described for simple bedside removal of a right ventricular assist device system from a conscious patient. This technique allows weaning from the support of the right ventricular assist device without the confounding hemodynamic challenges of positive pressure ventilation and sternal closure.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Consciousness
  • Device Removal / methods*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Heart Failure / diagnosis
  • Heart Failure / therapy*
  • Heart-Assist Devices*
  • Humans
  • Point-of-Care Systems*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Right / surgery*