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Breakthrough Technology for Heart Failure Patients Now Available at The Nebraska Medical Center

Omaha, Neb – Dewey Smith thought he was sick. When the 61-year-old Council Bluffs, IA man drove himself home from work one morning in February, he didn’t realize he was quickly dying.

 

“I don’t remember calling 911,” said Smith. “By the time I got to the hospital, my heart had stopped – I had no pulse.”

 

Staff at another local hospital revived Smith, and told him he had a massive heart attack.

 

“We were on the phone making my funeral arrangements,” remembered Smith. One of his doctors made a different call – to The Nebraska Medical Center.

 

“The FDA had just approved the use of the HeartMate II,” said Ioana Dumitru, MD, heart failure specialist at The Nebraska Medical Center. “Dewey seemed to be an excellent candidate for its use. He would have died without it.”
Smith was transferred to The Nebraska Medical Center for surgery to implant the HeartMate II.

 

“It’s an open heart surgery,” explained Mohammad Quader, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon and director of the heart transplant program at The Nebraska Medical Center. “We connect the device to the left ventricle of the heart. The blood travels from the left ventricle into the pump, and then the pump pushes blood into the aorta.” The HeartMate II provides several advantages over previous mechanical assist devices.

 

“It’s more reliable,” said John Um, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon at The Nebraska Medical Center. “It has fewer moving parts than other devices, so it’s less likely to have problems. Fewer parts mean smaller size. That allows us to implant the device in smaller patients; women, even teenagers. These are people who would not have been able to have a mechanical assist device before.”

 

Other mechanical assist devices use pressurized air to propel the blood around the body. The HeartMate II uses a small turbine, similar to a screw, which spins and moves the blood. The device also requires a constant energy supply. Patients must keep the device plugged into an electrical outlet or a mobile battery pack.

 

March 2009-Medical center to host internationally recognized nurse scientist

by Vicky Cerino, UNMC public relations 
 

The UNMC Eppley Cancer Center, the College of Nursing and The Nebraska Medical Center will host Carol Estwing Ferrans, Ph.D., next month.

 

Dr. Ferrans will be the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center grand rounds speaker and the college’s 20th Visiting Nurse Scholar.

 

Dr. Ferrans, associate dean for research and professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, will present “Research: Exposing the Deadly Difference” during an April 14 Eppley Cancer Center grand rounds luncheon presentation on campus.

 

The UNMC College of Nursing and The Nebraska Medical Center also will co-host a community presentation and reception that evening.

 

Dr. Ferrans also will make other presentations at the college and The Nebraska Medical Center, as well as meet with individuals.

 

The professor, who also is deputy director of the University of Illinois Center for Population Health and Health Disparities, has conducted studies focused on quality of life and disparities in health care for 20 years. She is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

 

An important part of her research has focused on cross-cultural issues, including approaches to increase validity of data and participation in research for minority populations in the United States.

 

Ann Berger, Ph.D., who will direct Dr. Ferrans’ visit to the UNMC College of Nursing, said Dr. Ferrans’ talk will focus on a program in Chicago to increase early detection of breast cancer among women of diverse backgrounds and economic levels.

 

The luncheon will be held at noon in the Durham Research Center Auditorium. Lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservation required.

 

Reservations for the dinner presentation are required. RSVP by April 2 to concne@unmc.edu or call 559-6565. Those who make reservations are asked to provide name, nursing license number, state of licensure, address, phone number and e-mail.

 

Free continuing education credits are available during both talks.

 
Date Published: Monday, March 23, 2009

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