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Maker of the World’s Smallest Heart Pump Brings Mobile Learning Lab to Lourdes

Impella jpegOn Thursday, July 21, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center will participate in the Abiomed Mobile Learning Lab program, a facilitated interactive learning experience designed to help train hospital staff on the use of the Impella, the world’s smallest heart pump. The Impella is manufactured by Abiomed, Inc. The Mobile Learning Lab is built into a tractor trailer and will be parked on the Lourdes’ Camden campus – Visitor Parking Lot across the street from the hospital from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Impella heart pump is minimally invasive and percutaneous (through the skin). It offers support for patients during certain heart procedures—essentially assisting the pumping function of the heart.

The Mobile Learning Lab offers Lourdes cardiologists, nurses and catheterization lab staff a convenient opportunity to learn about the Impella platform and how these heart pumps can best be used for patients in critical need of cardiac support. The Mobile Learning Lab contains Impella simulators, animations and key information, which are all presented by a team of Abiomed trainers.

“We are excited to have our staff participate in the Mobile Learning Lab,” said Dr. Reginald Blaber, Executive Director of Lourdes Cardiovascular Institute and Vice President of Cardiac Services. “At Lourdes, we strive to bring the latest and best therapies to our patients. By participating in this program, we are ensuring our staff remain highly trained to effectively utilize one of the most innovative cardiac technology solutions available.”

Lourdes is known for its innovation in heart care and is one of the largest providers of cardiac services in the Delaware Valley. In June 2015, the New York Times featured Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center as a national model in the effective and swift treatment of heart attacks (http://files.parsintl.com/eprints/86514.pdf).

Lourdes has received a variety of awards from Healthgrades, including being named as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery and among the top in the nation for overall cardiac care (both in 2015).  Lourdes has also been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics and recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the nation’s “100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Heart Programs.”

The Impella is the only minimally invasive heart pump that has been approved as safe and effective by the FDA for this use in the United States. Impella’s group of left-side heart pumps was recently approved by the FDA to provide treatment of ongoing cardiogenic shock, an often fatal condition that typically occurs during or after a heart attack.

Abiomed’s Impella heart pump family has now supported more than 37,673 patients in the United States – enough to fill every seat in Fenway Park.

Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center is a regional referral center, known for providing the most sophisticated levels of care. The 325-bed teaching hospital offering many specialty services, including Lourdes Cardiology, one of the largest providers of cardiac services in Delaware Valley; the Regional Perinatal Center for high-risk mothers and infants; the Lourdes Regional Rehabilitation Center; and the Center for Solid Organ Transplantation. Lourdes is the only hospital in New Jersey approved to perform kidney, pancreas and liver transplants. It is also the only hospital in New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Delaware ever to have been awarded the American Hospital Association’s top honor for excellence in community outreach services.

 

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