Its only stop in Baton Rouge, lab trains on world’s smallest heart pump
BATON ROUGE, La. – Baton Rouge General (BRG) clinicians will learn
about new ways to fight complex heart disease, courtesy of an 18-wheeler
turned mobile laboratory rolling onto the Bluebonnet campus Wednesday, Aug. 21.
Trainers from Abiomed will educate BRG’s heart care team on the
Impella device and give a hands-on simulation of implanting the device from 7
a.m. to 3 p.m. Impella is the world’s smallest heart pump and the
only minimally-invasive heart pump approved by the FDA. BRG started using
the new device this spring. The mobile lab training is geared to the hospital’s
cardiologists, nurses, and cath lab employees, but is open to anyone.
“This is really a great opportunity for our heart team and critical
care units to get their hands on the device in an interactive setting,”
said Dr. Nakia Newsome, chief of cardiology at BRG. “Continuously
learning and training helps our teams provide a higher level of care for
The catheter-like device is inserted into the heart from the femoral artery.
It keeps blood pumping through the heart and reduces the workload on the
heart during high-risk cardiac procedures.
“It may not be a device we use daily, plus it’s the newest
technology, so simulation training is one of the best ways to keep skills
sharp,” said Dr. Newsome.
Photos courtesy Abiomed Facebook
The Impella Mobile lab has made stops in 85 cities since 2015.
About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community
hospital with 588 licensed beds between two campuses. Baton Rouge General
opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community
with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital
since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as an affiliate of Tulane University
School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including
a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine
Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine
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