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Mobile Learning Lab to Showcase Tiny Impella Heart Pump

Jul 29, 2019 10:27AM ● By Alyssa McGinnis
Regional Health Rapid City Hospital will host the Abiomed Impella Mobile Learning Lab, an interactive learning experience to train hospital staff on the tiny Impella® heart pump, on Thursday, Aug. 1.

The Mobile Learning Lab will be located in the hospital parking lot near the John T. Vucurevich Cancer Care Institute entrance, 353 Fairmont Blvd., throughout the day. Most of the time will be devoted to training for hospital physicians and caregivers; however, the public is invited to tour the lab between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Impella, the world’s smallest heart pump, is a minimally-invasive heart pump that assists the pumping functions of the heart during certain heart procedures. The catheter-like device is inserted into the heart from the femoral artery. Once in place, it pulls blood from the left ventricle through an inlet near the tip and expels blood into the ascending aorta.

Impella heart pumps provide treatment during elective, high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures and in the emergent treatment of cardiogenic shock, a condition that typically occurs during or after a heart attack. Impella is the only minimally-invasive heart pump that has been approved by the FDA for this use in the United States.

The Mobile Learning Lab offers cardiologists, nurses and cath lab staff at Regional Health Rapid City Hospital a chance to learn how these heart pumps can best be used for patients in critical need of cardiac support. The Mobile Learning Lab contains various Impella simulators, animations and key information, all presented by a team of Abiomed trainers.