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(Edgerton, WI) Jake Magee, Gazette

Edgerton Hospital and Health Services has added left ventricular assist device care to its rehabilitation program, according to a news release.

The program is designed to care for patients in advanced stages of heart failure.

Left ventricular assist device patients are connected to a battery pack and internal mechanical pump that helps their hearts beat while they wait for a donor heart transplant, according to the release.

The surgery required to install the device is invasive and complex. Before UW Hospital trained Edgerton hospital staff to care for such patients, the closest inpatient recovery facility was in Appleton, according to Susan Kindschi, manager of the cardiopulmonary department at the Edgerton hospital.

“We are proud to offer these services locally, making it easier for patients and their families,” she wrote in the release.

“Since completing our training, we are equipped to provide LVAD patients with physical and occupational therapy, nutrition counseling and medication management—all specific to their unique needs,” Kindschi wrote. “Plus, we are able to reinforce the equipment training that patients and family members receive after surgery, making us a resource for them as they regain strength and become independent.”

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