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My surgeon placed an Impella 5 L open insertion into the aorta for procedural support for a patient who had an AVR and CABG. He was under the impression from the people at the Impella course that this would drop the patient out of the CABG/AVR risk model. However, it does not when I enter the patient into the software with the Impella in the cath assist device (even though it was into the aorta but same difference I guess, no matter how you put it in?)

I visited our handy Proc Id chart and don't see Impella or any cath assist devices as part of the proc id chart.

Should the 5-liter Impella drop the patient out of the model. My surgeon was told that it would?

It would drop if I chose the VAD (Impella is listed in the VAD pick list but maybe that's an accident?) but the intention of that field is for durable VADs from reading the TM.

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