ECMO Cannulation – Are you optimizing your therapy?
ECMO Cannulation – Are you optimizing your therapy?

ECMO Cannulation – Are you optimizing your therapy?

  • Faculty: John Ingram, CCP
  • Date: May 22nd, 2020 9:00 am
  • CEU’s: 1.7 CEUs
  • Price: $25.5
  • Category 3 CEU
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Course description

John Ingram, CCP and Joe Basha, CCP discuss how to evaluate the effectiveness of your ECMO cannulation strategy and of your ECMO therapeutic goals and metrics. 

Unlocking the Full Potential of ECMO Therapy: Advanced Cannulation Techniques and Optimization Strategies

In the realm of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), mastering the intricacies of cannulation and optimizing therapy are pivotal in enhancing patient outcomes. This comprehensive webinar, led by an expert in the field, delves into the advanced strategies and best practices that are crucial for ECMO therapy success. With a focus on improving ECMO implementation and addressing common challenges, this session provides valuable insights for ECMO perfusionists, specialists, and nurses aiming to elevate their proficiency.

Key Highlights:

  • Optimizing ECMO Monitoring: The webinar begins by emphasizing the importance of advanced monitoring techniques. Through the use of pulse oximetry, advanced hemodynamic monitoring (focusing on the Hemosphere device), and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), participants are guided on how to enhance patient monitoring. The detailed analysis and practical tips offered promise to significantly improve patient management during ECMO therapy.

  • Addressing North-South Syndrome: A critical section of the webinar is dedicated to understanding and managing the complexities of North-South (Harlequin) syndrome. By dissecting the physiology behind this phenomenon and providing strategies for diagnosis and intervention, the session arms clinicians with the knowledge to address this challenge effectively, ensuring optimal oxygenation and perfusion.

  • Mitigating Left Ventricular Distension: The detrimental effects of left ventricular distension are thoroughly examined, with a focus on echocardiographic diagnosis and the implementation of interventions such as Impella devices and direct ventricular cannulation. This segment underscores the criticality of preventing ventricular distension to safeguard patient outcomes during ECMO therapy.

  • Minimizing Recirculation: The webinar also tackles the issue of recirculation within the ECMO circuit, a common yet often overlooked challenge. By exploring factors affecting recirculation and offering strategies to minimize its impact, the session provides actionable insights that can lead to more efficient ECMO support.

  • Strategizing Cannulation and Configuration Adjustments: In perhaps the most practical portion of the webinar, participants are guided through the process of making informed decisions regarding cannulation sites and ECMO configuration adjustments. Through real-world scenarios and expert analysis, the session offers a roadmap for addressing complications, optimizing flows, and improving patient support.


This webinar transcends basic ECMO education, offering a deep dive into the nuanced aspects of therapy optimization. Whether it's through enhancing monitoring techniques, addressing specific syndromes like North-South syndrome, managing left ventricular distension, minimizing recirculation, or making strategic cannulation and configuration adjustments, the insights provided promise to empower ECMO professionals to deliver superior patient care. With these advanced strategies, clinicians are better equipped to navigate the complexities of ECMO therapy, ultimately leading to improved patient outcomes and therapy success.

0:00 ECMO Cannulation 
2:26 Are you Optimizing your theraphy? ECMO monitoring. 
13:27 North - South Syndrome 
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Meet Your Instructor

John Ingram, CCP

John Ingram, CCP

John Ingram is a magna cum laude graduate from University of Texas, Texas Heart Institute and a board certified perfusionist currently specializing in adult perfusion

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