Traveling with an LVAD: Tips and Guidelines for LVAD Patients
The good news is, yes! Traveling with a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) is entirely possible, and many LVAD patients continue to enjoy their love of travel with a bit of extra planning and preparation.
Before you set off on your next adventure, it’s essential to consult with your healthcare provider. They can provide specific guidance tailored to your personal health condition and the nature of your travels. Remember, safety should always be your top priority. With ODI’s INR meter and Smart Hub , you should be able to test and share results with your healthcare provider from anywhere with a bluetooth connection. Make sure you and your healthcare provider are on the same page with Biometric monitoring while you’re away.
When packing, ensure you bring all necessary equipment, a few days of dressing supply changes in case of travel delays, and enough batteries for the duration of your trip. It’s always a good idea to pack extras in case of any unexpected situations. ODI’s account representatives can make sure your wound care supply deliveries are updated to accommodate your travels, including a temporary change of shipping address if you need it. ODI can ship anywhere in the US.
Air travel is generally acceptable for LVAD patients. However, it’s recommended you check with the airline about their policies regarding medical devices beforehand. When going through airport security, inform the staff about your LVAD as the machine could set off metal detectors. Also, don’t forget to bring your LVAD identification card, which explains what the device is for any security personnel you might encounter.
While traveling, always wear your LVAD equipment in the manufacturer’s recommended carrying case. Keep your equipment and power cords dry and safe from any damage.
Lastly, research the medical facilities at your destination. The MyLvad App has listings of LVAD ready hospitals in all 50 states. You should know where to go in case of an emergency, and it’s also worth noting if they have experience with LVADs.
Traveling with an LVAD requires a bit more thought and preparation, but it doesn’t mean you cannot explore the world. With careful planning and the right precautions, you can continue to indulge your wanderlust. Always remember, when in doubt, consult with your healthcare team. They are your best resource for any LVAD-related questions or concerns.