LVAD and dialysis clinicsSat, 12/11/2021 - 6:20PM
My husband has a LVAD and unfortunately is now on dialysis three days a week at our local dialysis clinic. We can't be the only ones dealing with this! I have had to quit my job so that I can go to dialysis with him and sit beside his chair in order for them to do dialysis on him. They had to be "trained" but told me that they are only trained on how to do dialysis on a LVAD patient but not on how to take care of his LVAD! Seriously.....these are RN's. Last time I checked, I do not have my nursing degree!
Our household has tested positive for COVID. My husband, thankfully, is asymptomatic. Instead of being able to go to their dialysis location for covid positive patients, he had to be admitted to a covid floor so that he could get dialysis since his clinic never had a plan in place to have other nurses at that clinic trained for his lvad. He will now be inpatient, taking up a bed on a covid floor, with no symptoms for 21 days before we can return to this clinic! This is the most asinine thing I have ever heard of!
Does anyone else feel like they are on their own in dealing with healthcare's policies on lvad patients? I just feel like there has go to be a better way of dealing with this! I mean it has to be cheaper to get a temp RN trained to to dialysis on an lvad patient that it is to be inpatient for 21 days when you aren't even sick!
Sorry for the rant but I am so tired of this! As thankful as I am for this technology, I am equally frustrated that healthcare facilities haven't caught up. I feel like this just leaves us in limbo trying to figure it all out for ourselves.....