In the early 90s, Dr. Jessie Casida was one of few nurses working on the first patient with a left ventricular assist device-;a battery-powered device that pumps blood, surgically implanted into the heart of patients who have end-stage heart failure. If the patient is not a candidate for a transplant, they will have the device for the rest of their life.
Now imagine its 1995 and you're given a paper manual and VCR videos with directions to set up a 2019 printer that will explode if you format it wrong. You have support you can call, and with time, can complete the task, but it's complicated and stressful because if you make a mistake you could die. And that's something like the status quo for patients with a left ventricular assist device. Related Stories
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