ICCAC Course


Course for Mechanical Circulatory Support Clinicians ICCAC/ESAO MCS Proficiency Course (MPV)


The International Consortium of Circulatory Assist Clinicians (ICCAC) and ESAO will organize a 6 hours pre-meeting educational ICCAC/ESAO MCS Proficiency Verification Course (MPV) on the
6th September 2017 at the ESAO 2017 Meeting.

Course Co-Chairs:

Thomas Schlöglhofer, BS, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Dawn Christensen, MS, FNP-BC, Innovative Program Solutions LLC, Pine Grove, PA, USA


The objectives of this course are designed to meet the Joint Commission’s “Goals of Annual Competency” for MCS personnel. These include:

  • Review basic concepts surrounding MCS technology;
  • Review critical thinking skills necessary in assessment and management of patients supported by MCS technology;
  • Assessment of the participant’s knowledge regarding the technical information and procedures required operating specific MCS devices;
  • Confirmation of proficiency of operation of specific MCS devices.

Target Participants:

This course is intended for any healthcare professional who:

  • has assumed a role on a multi-disciplinary MCS team;
  • cares for patients supported by MCS technology;
  • want to boost their functional knowledge on MCS problem solving.


Pamela Combs, Advocate Christ Medical Center, USA
Friedrich Kaufmann, German Heart Center, Berlin, Germany
Johann Horvat, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Jodie Lantz, Children´s Health Dallas, USA
Maximilian Halbe, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland
Heather Moody, University of Louisville, USA
Katrien Vandersmissen, UZ Leuven, Belgium
Tonya Elliott, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, USA
Gro Sørensen, Oslo University Hospital, Norway
Roman Kustosz, Clinic Zabrze, Poland
Mark Puhlman, Providence St Vincent’s, Portland, USA
Desiree Robson, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Australia
Daniela Roefe, Heart and Diabetes Center NRW, Bad Oeynhausen, Germany

Instruction Methods:

This course utilizes a small group construct in which participants proceeded through 6 separate stations over the 6 hour course.  Participants will be assigned to a group of no more than 10 individuals.  These stations consist of problem based scenarios designed to reinforce critical thinking skills necessary to care for an advanced heart failure patient who is supported by a MCS device. Scenarios also include recognition and management of common MCS complications. Additionally the scenarios involve hands on skills verification utilizing manufacturer recommended skills necessary to operate each device.

Device complications that are covered include:

  • HeartWare HVAD and St. Jude HeartMate 3 waveform / pump parameter interpretation and pump thrombosis detection and treatment
  • Hypotension and Hypertension evaluation and treatment
  • Hemolysis evaluation and treatment
  • Controller malfunction and failure
  • Device Implantation and wet test in the OR
  • BerlinHeart Excor pump exchange
  • ECMO Phantom Implantation


All group exercises are conducted in a manner that encourage participation by attendees. Group interaction and discussion is the basis for success in this educational experience.

Individual return demonstration of technical skills involving CE approved devices including but not limited to:

  • St. Jude HeartMate 2 & 3
  • St. Jude Medical Centrimag
  • HeartWare HVAD
  • Berlin Heart Excor