ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) Patient Selection
ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) Patient Selection

ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) Patient Selection

  • Faculty: Program director Joseph Basha, CCP
  • Date: April 23rd, 2020 9:00 am
  • CEU’s: 0.84 CEUs
  • Price: $12.6
  • Category 1 SDCE CEU
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An expert panel with decades of ECMO experience managing many ECMO patients discuss the factors that influence patient selection for ECMO support. 

Strategic Patient Selection for ECMO: Enhancing Outcomes in Critical Care

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) represents a pivotal advancement in life-support technology, offering vital assistance for patients facing severe cardiac and respiratory failures when conventional treatments do not suffice. This detailed presentation, led by an expert with over two decades of perfusion experience, delves into the crucial considerations for selecting the right patients for ECMO, aiming to optimize outcomes and maximize the effective use of this sophisticated technology.

Essential Insights into ECMO Patient Selection ECMO serves as a sophisticated intervention designed to provide heart and lung support, allowing patients' organs to heal or maintain function until further decisions or recovery can be achieved. Understanding which patients can benefit most from this technology is crucial for effective treatment and resource utilization in critical care settings.

Key Considerations for Patient Selection The lecture outlines the essential criteria and considerations for selecting patients for ECMO, including understanding the indications and contraindications, both relative and absolute. The discussion emphasizes the importance of early intervention, noting that timely ECMO application can significantly improve outcomes, whereas delays can lead to diminished survival rates or even render the intervention futile.

Indications and Contraindications Detailing both venovenous (VV) and venoarterial (VA) ECMO, the presentation covers specific scenarios where ECMO is indicated, such as acute reversible cardiac or pulmonary failures where conventional therapies have failed. It also discusses conditions that may warrant caution or deem a patient unsuitable for ECMO, enhancing the understanding of how to make judicious use of this intervention.

Historical and Future Perspectives Incorporating a historical perspective, the lecture pays homage to the pioneers like Dr. Gibbon and Dr. DeWall, whose innovations laid the groundwork for modern ECMO techniques. Additionally, it looks forward to the evolving landscape of ECMO application, including emerging research and potential future advancements that might further improve patient outcomes.

Practical Application and Case Studies By integrating real-world case studies, the presentation provides attendees with practical insights into the application of patient selection criteria. These examples illustrate the complexities of decision-making in ECMO use and highlight the nuanced judgment required to manage such critical interventions effectively.

Conclusion This comprehensive review of ECMO patient selection is designed for healthcare professionals engaged in the deployment of this life-saving technology, including perfusionists, intensivists, and critical care nurses. It aims to refine their decision-making processes, enhance patient outcomes, and ensure the judicious use of ECMO in clinical practice.

#ECMO #perfusion #CriticalCare 
0:00 ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) 
5:04 First ECMO Survival 10:54 General Overview ECMO 
15:57 Before a Patient is Placed on ECMO 
16:11 ECMO Patient Selection Criteria 
19:10 VA ECMO Patient Selection 
19:36 ECMO Indications 
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Meet Your Instructor

Program director Joseph Basha, CCP

Program director Joseph Basha, CCP

Joseph has been a practicing clinical perfusionist for 40 years. Joseph is the CEO of Houston Extracorporeal Technologies and is the program director of The New Orleans Conference

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