Hospital patients who have just gone through open-heart surgery, have a heart that is too weak to do its job, or those who are waiting for a heart transplant, may require specific assistance to the heart to facilitate pumping oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. The left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is a kind of mechanical heart that is placed inside a person’s chest and helps the heart keep the patient alive by restoring normal blood flow and allowing the heart to recover normal function by providing adequate rest.
Patients with LVAD need to be constantly monitored (usually by hospitalization) to ensure optimal health and proper mechanical functions. But extending a patient’s stay can become extremely expensive and inconvenient for the patient, and can stress hospital resources.
The University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMNS) conceived a mobile app for nursing care practitioners to give to discharged cardiac LVAD patients with which they can easily log their health and mechanical heart pump performance status several times a day. This data is transmitted securely back to the hospital and medical practitioners, where reporting and trending can be performed.
Logic Solutions is currently in the process of helping UMNS develop this important medical app that will provide patients with a basic checklist to complete and submit each day.