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Intra-aortic balloon pumps

The intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) remains the most commonly utilised haemodynamic support system for patients with severe coronary artery disease, acute heart failure and cardiogenic shock.

Indications for IABP insertion:

Summary of haemodynamic benefits of the IABP:

Complications of IABP:

Care requirements for the patient receiving IABP support:

Regular review by an individual competent in the assessment of inflation/deflation timings to ensure optimum therapy. Depending on the organisation this may be a perfusionist, cardiac physiologist, appropriately trained nurse or cardiologist.

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