Understanding intraaortic balloon pumping

Lewis, Peter (2005) Understanding intraaortic balloon pumping. Kai Tiaki : Nursing New Zealand, 11(5), pp. 16-17.


Intraaortic balloon pumping (IABP) is an established treatment for the support of a failing heart (Christenson, Simonet et al. 1997). It is a process undertaken in most level two and three intensive care units. Despite IABP appearing complex, the principles are straightforward. A sausage shaped intraaortic balloon (IAB) about 250 millimetres long and 15 millimetres in diameter, is placed in the descending aorta and attached to an external pump. The external pump then inflates and deflates the IAB in synchrony with cardiac contraction. The primary purpose of this is the support of a compromised heart with a simultaneous increase in myocardial oxygen supply, and decrease in myocardial oxygen demand (Overwalder, 1999). As a nurse it is worthwhile understanding the principles of IABP. As a hospital intervention, it’s exposure to nursing is high.

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ID Code: 44280
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 1173-2032
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Deposited On: 24 Aug 2011 22:10
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2014 01:56

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