The ins and outs of ECMO therapy

Lisa Soltis

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Lecture overview

The use of ECMO therapy is increasing in today’s critical care environment, so this course is designed to be a basic introduction to extracorporeal membrane oxygen support therapy or ECMO.  We will discuss the What, How, Why and When of implementing ECMO therapy as well as common complications encountered during ECMO.  Case Studies will be incorporated as well as discussion differentiating between ECLS and ECPR.   The information provided will be based upon the ExtraCorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) recommendations for best practice with ECMO support.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this lecture, the attendee will be able to:

  1. Define Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) support therapy
  2. Describe the difference between veno-venous support and veno-arterial support therapy with ECMO
  3. List 3 indications for implementation of ECMO support therapy
  4. List 2 contraindications for implementation of ECMO support therapy

This lecture is equal to 1 CE Contact Hour and 1 CPD Hour


Duration 1 hour(s).

Lecture speaker

Lisa Soltis

Lisa is a Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist who currently serves as the Director of Professional Development & Education for ECMO Advantage in Murfreesboro, TN.

Lisa started her career as a medical sales representative, but after 5 years realized that her passion was to look after critical care patients, therefore she returned back to school to obtain her Nursing Degree from the Wake Technical Community College. After she graduated in 1996, she started her nursing career in a Surgical Trauma ICU, followed by a Cardiothoracic ICU. Lisa’s passion for teaching made her progress her career by completing the Critical Care CNS program at Duke University, after which she worked as a CNS and ECMO Specialist/Coordinator to improve outcomes for patients in North Carolina, Virginia and beyond, serving as a Subject Matter Expert and Clinical Expert for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, where she was introduced as a Fellow of Critical Care Medicine in 2012.

Lisa is a member of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and a Fellow in the inaugural class receiving the FCNS designation.