Right Heart Failure

Patient Management

Patient Management Topics

 

Purge System Management Video Series

See how to change the purge cassette, purge fluid bag and more.

 

Calculate Total Heparin Rate

Learn how to use the infusion history screen to account for heparin in the purge fluid when calculating total heparin rate to avoid supratherapeutic dosing.

 

Weaning and Escalation

Tim Larkin, MD, describes his weaning protocol for Impella RP during this physician Q&A session.

Handling Impella RP® Suction Alarms

Suction is most often caused by inadequate preload or malposition.

As with all other Impella® heart pumps, if a suction alarm occurs:

  1. Decrease P-level to break suction.
  2. Evaluate patient volume status. Maintain a positive CVP.
  3. Check Impella RP position and adjust as needed using chest X-ray, fluoroscopy, or echocardiography.
  4. When suction is resolved, return to previous P-level.

If position and preload are acceptable and suction cannot be resolved at P-2 or P-3, momentarily stop the Impella RP to break the suction event and restart immediately.

Note that this is different from handling suction alarms with other left-sided Impella heart pumps.

Additional Services

Impella Connect®

Your cloud-based, remote monitoring of Impella heart pump status to help improve patient outcomes. With Impella Connect, authorized hospital staff can review cases at any time from any internet connected device.

Clinical Support Center

Your on-call resource for 24/7 clinical and technical support. Contact the Clinical Support Center (CSC) at
1-800-422-8666 for patient management expertise to help you achieve the best possible patient outcomes.

Additional Resources

Explore the education library for more tips and tricks.

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