The ins and outs of ECMO therapy

Learn the basics of ECMO therapy for Critical Care Nurses

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Lecture Summary

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.

Target Audience

Critical Care Nurses
Trainee Critical Care Doctors

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:

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