In rare cases, TAH-t patients may be discharged out of the hospital on the Freedom® Portable Driver. If your care team feels it’s safe for you to return home and go to school or work, multiple steps will occur to ensure your safety. Your care team will explain the specific accomplishments you must achieve in order to be discharged.

When should you call your care team?

Make sure to keep your care team up-to-date with any changes

If you are discharged out of the hospital, you will have a detailed communication plan. The plan will include a phone number to call. Your care team will want be in contact communication with you. Things you should tell them include: 

  • Change in pump parameters, equipment issues, and alarms
  • Blood pressure outside your goal ranges
  • Changes in your diet
  • New medicines
  • Pain or bleeding
  • Fever
  • Changes to cannula sites
  • Red, pink, cola, or tea colored urine
  • Changes in your mood or anything else you feel uneasy about

What should I tell my local emergency services? (Medical Services/Fire/Utilities)

Either you or your care team members should notify your local emergency medical department when you are discharged. It is nice for them to know you are at home with life-saving equipment. If you lose electricity, you must relocate to a new location. You can contact your care team if you have questions about what to do.

  • IMPORTANT: In the event that an emergency occurs, please tell the emergency medical services team you have a SynCardia (TAH-t). Standard CPR and code medicines may be unsafe.

Medical Safety Card 
Always carry your medical safety card with you in case of an emergency. If you don’t have a medical safety card, ask your care team to provide the ACTION medical safety card (sample below) for you.