General health perceptions

Current health

Very poor

Good; accepts battery recharging need; realization of total dependence on a mechanical device

Good except during acute rejection or infection

Discomfort (shortness of breath)

Periodic withoutexertion

None

None except during acute rejection

Survival expectancy

 

LE is maximum of 6 mos.

Some risk of MCSS failure; 80% probability of LE >5 yrs.

Some rejection risk; 70-85% probability of LE >5 yrs.

B: Hospitalization in ICU/CCU

Emotional well-being and survival expectancy

Depressed and anxious because prognosis is poor

Good state of mind; considerable anxiety about long-term outcome

Good state of mind; mild anxiety about recovery and future

Social/interpersonal (visitors)

Only closest relatives

Close relatives and friends

Closest relatives and friends

Discomfort

Moderate

Severe

Severe

C: Regular Hospitalization (not ICU/CCU)

Emotional well-being and survival expectancy

Some anxiety about recurrence of problem

Good state of mind; some anxiety about future problems

Some anxiety about recurrence of problem

Social/interpersonal (visitors)

Regular visits from relatives

Many visits and telephone calls

Frequent visits from relatives and friends

Discomfort

Moderate

Occasional

Occasional

MCSS, mechanical circulatory support system; LE, life expectancy; Tx, transplant; ICU/ CCU, intensive care unit/coronary care unit



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