Metas de Enfermería

Metas de Enfermería

DICIEMBRE 2011 N° 10 Volumen 14

Nursing care of patients with an intra-aortic balloon pump

Section: Hands on

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Bejarano Moreno MM et ál. Cuidado enfermero del paciente con balón de contrapulsación intraaórtico. Metas de Enferm dic 2011/ene 2012; 14(10): 8-14


Mª de las Mercedes Bejarano Moreno, Laura Cazorla López, Mª del Rosario Palomo Macías


Enfermeras. UCI de Cirugía Cardiovascular.  Hospital General Virgen del Rocío de Sevilla.

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Mª de las Mercedes Bejarano Moreno. Hospital General Virgen del Rocío (UCI-Cirugía Cardiovascular). Avda. Manuel Siurot s/n. 41013 Sevilla.

Contact email: lauracazorlalopez@hotmail.com


The intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) is an intra-arterial catheter that has a balloon at its distal portion, and which inflated synchronously with the heartbeat via a console, improves coronary artery perfusion and reduces left ventricular afterload.
Updating the nursing knowledge on patient care is necessary because IABP is the most widely used ventricular assist device in intensive care units. Because it is an invasive procedure with possible complications, its use requires continuous nursing surveillance.
The purpose of this paper is to provide updated knowledge on device management and care required by patients with IABP. We propose a standardized nursing care plan for patients with IABP that contains the most frequent nursing diagnoses, expected outcomes criteria and nursing­ treatment interventions and the potential complications and interventions for prevention and surveillance.


critical care; Intra-aortic balloon pump; plan of care; techniques and proceduresventricular assist device

Versión en Español


Cuidado enfermero del paciente con balón de contrapulsación intraaórtico