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Protected PCI Programs: Training with the Impella 2.5™ Heart Pump

April 28, 2016

Training and education are key components of Protected PCI™ programs using the Impella 2.5™ heart pump.

Who Should Be Trained?

Successful Protected PCI programs aim to train everyone involved in the Protected PCI program and include:

  • Cardiovascular surgery staff
  • Perfusion staff
  • Cardiovascular nurses and technologists from the cath lab who assist with the set-up and insertion of the Impella 2.5 device
  • Critical care nurses who care for the patient, monitor the device, change tubing and troubleshoot alarms
  • ICU staff who accommodate the acute needs of Protected PCI patients, troubleshoot alarms, titrate drips and fulfill charting requirements
  • Pharmacists who develop heparin drip protocols for the Impella 2.5 device, provide dextrose solution to the cath lab and handle orders for pre- and post-procedure care
  • Clinical Nurse Navigators who provide education and follow-up for patients
  • Coding and billing for reimbursement codes for the insertion, care and removal of the Impella 2.5 device
  • Clinical Nurse Educators who establish training and competency-based evaluation


What is Learned?

  • The technical specifications, appropriate use and functionality of the Impella 2.5 catheter
  • Set up, insertion and use of the Impella 2.5 device
  • Management of the Impella 2.5 device
  • Troubleshooting
  • Protected PCI patient selection and management

What Training is Available?

Abiomed, Inc. offers a thorough Impella 2.5 training program for physicians and hospital staff that includes:

  • General training on Impella 2.5 set-up and operation
  • Onsite, hands-on training for small groups of physicians and staff to practice using the Impella 2.5 device
  • Proctored case training facilitated by an Abiomed Clinical Specialist and conducted on site for physicians and staff during actual cases utilizing the Impella 2.5 device
  • Clinical support and troubleshooting during actual cases utilizing the Impella 2.5 device
  • Online testing focusing on placement of the Impella 2.5 device in the ventricle, care during use, and device removal techniques
  • Quick skills videos
  • Print and web-based educational materials including appropriate indications, contraindications and important safety information concerning the the Impella 2.5 device
  • Education on device management
  • Console simulator
  • 24/7 clinical and technical support through an Emergency Clinical Support Hotline
  • Physician certification
  • Refresher training to maintain skills among physicians and staff
  • Reimbursement hotline
  • Business reviews

A multidisciplinary approach to Impella 2.5 training allows this device to be used in a variety of settings.  The Impella 2.5 team will be happy to help you customize your training program to suit your needs.
Next Steps:

  1. Learn more about the use of Impella 2.5 for PCI
  2. Learn more about educational events for the Impella and Protected PCI

To learn more about the Impella® platform of heart pumps, including important risk and safety information associated with the use of the devices, please visit: www.protectedpci.com/indications-use-safety-information/