Mechanical Circulatory Support Program

Our Cardiac Critical Care Unit serves as the home for our Mechanical Circulatory Support Program, which uses pediatric home Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs).

Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) are types of pumps that can be surgically implanted to assist the failing heart pump blood throughout the body. Over the past few years, our team has successfully used a wide variety of available devices to help patients with severe heart failure get stronger either while waiting for a heart transplant or some times to give their own heart a chance to recover. Our experience and expertise with the full array of available technologies allows the team to select the best type of support for each patient.

The Children's Hospital of Wisconsin program is one of the few pediatric programs in the country with the depth and experience to offer pediatric patients and their families the opportunity to go home with their VAD support and this includes the ability to attend school and participate in other activities with close followup by our home VAD team.

Types of support offered include:

  • Berlin Heart
  • Heartmate II
  • Heart Ware HVAD
  • Thoratec PVAD
  • Impella
  • Total artificial heart
  •  ECMO (including mobile ECMO)