Edgar Allan Poe, "The Pit and the Pendulum," and Ventricular Assist Devices

Zambroski, Cheryl Hoyt; Combs, Pamela; Cronin, Sherill Nones; Pfeffer, Carole
December 2009
Critical Care Nurse;Dec2009, Vol. 29 Issue 6, p29
Academic Journal
The article provides a comparison between patients using ventricular assist devices (VADs) with the narrator in the story "The Pit and the Pendulum," written by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. It states that the story's narrator shares the same feelings with patients using VADs. It notes that the comparison fails to give nurses an easy understanding of patients' use of the device. It adds that the analogy can be an informative tool that may help nurses in patient care.


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