ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) -  Cannulation strategies
ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) - Cannulation strategies

ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) - Cannulation strategies

  • Faculty: John Ingram, CCP
  • Date: May 23rd, 2020 9:00 am
  • CEU’s: 0.74 CEUs
  • Price: $11.1
  • Category 1 SDCE CEU
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Another excellent review by John Ingram, CCP of various ECMO cannulation strategies, including basic cannulation and exotic cannulation strategies. 

In this comprehensive overview, John Ingram, CCP, delves into various ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) cannulation strategies, offering a treasure trove of insights that span basic to exotic approaches. The session, rich in content and expertise, is poised to augment the knowledge base of perfusionists, providing them with nuanced understandings of ECMO cannulation intricacies.

The narrative begins with a clinical scenario involving a 26-year-old female, 27 weeks pregnant, grappling with severe preeclampsia, an ejection fraction of 20%, and an SAO2 of 84% on maximum ventilatory support, facing imminent emergency C-section and ECMO intervention. This real-world example serves to engage the audience, prompting them to ponder the best cannulation strategy for such a complex case, thereby setting the stage for an in-depth exploration of ECMO cannulation.

Ingram's discussion traverses through the algorithmic approach to ECMO cannulation, referencing the ELSO guidelines for managing refractory hypoxemia and hypercarbia. This algorithmic discourse underscores the importance of a structured approach to determining the most appropriate ECMO strategy based on patient-specific conditions.

A pivotal part of the presentation addresses the pitfalls of using VA ECMO with peripheral cannulation in patients with pure pulmonary failure but no LV dysfunction, highlighting the critical need for judicious selection of ECMO mode based on underlying pathophysiology. Through engaging queries to the audience, Ingram fosters a participative learning environment, encouraging viewers to reflect on and contribute their insights on ECMO practices.

Ingram also introduces the audience to various ECMO cannulation hardware, including the Pro-Tec Duo cannula, which is distinguished by its unique capability to navigate from the right atrium to the pulmonary artery. This segment of the discussion not only expands the audience's knowledge on ECMO cannulation hardware but also emphasizes the importance of selecting the right tool for specific patient scenarios, thereby enhancing the effectiveness of ECMO support.

Moreover, the session delves into the financial implications of ECMO cannulation choices, discussing the cost disparities between different cannulas and the potential impact on healthcare resources. This discussion is crucial for understanding the broader implications of ECMO cannulation decisions beyond clinical outcomes.

Ingram’s elucidation extends to the critical aspects of ECMO monitoring, highlighting tools like the Elsa Meter for assessing recirculation, a key factor in optimizing ECMO efficiency. This focus on advanced monitoring techniques underscores the importance of precision in ECMO management, aiming to maximize therapeutic outcomes while minimizing complications.

The session is not only a deep dive into the technicalities of ECMO cannulation but also a reflection on the multidisciplinary nature of ECMO management, involving perfusionists, surgeons, and ECMO specialists. Ingram advocates for a collaborative approach, emphasizing the synergistic potential of diverse expertise in navigating the complex landscape of ECMO support.

As the discussion unfolds, it becomes evident that ECMO cannulation is not a one-size-fits-all proposition but a nuanced decision-making process that requires deep understanding, critical thinking, and collaborative effort. Ingram’s session, thus, serves as a comprehensive guide for perfusionists, enriching their knowledge and skills in ECMO cannulation and fostering a culture of continuous learning and collaboration within the perfusion community.

In conclusion, this video presentation by John Ingram, CCP, on ECMO cannulation strategies is an invaluable resource for perfusionists seeking to deepen their understanding of ECMO. Through a blend of clinical scenarios, algorithmic approaches, hardware discussions, and emphasis on collaborative practice, Ingram successfully navigates the complex terrain of ECMO cannulation, offering viewers insights and strategies that are both practical and thought-provoking.

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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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