ECMO survival with CoViD 19 – What we learned so far - Mat Warhoover, CCP - Dr. Hany Samir
ECMO survival with CoViD 19 – What we learned so far - Mat Warhoover, CCP - Dr. Hany Samir

ECMO survival with CoViD 19 – What we learned so far - Mat Warhoover, CCP - Dr. Hany Samir

  • Faculty: Hany Samir, MD, FCCP; Matt Warhoover, CCP
  • Date: April 25th, 2020 9:00 am
  • CEU’s: 1.2 CEUs
  • Price: $18
  • Category 1 SDCE CEU
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ECMO Survival with COVID-19: Insights and Advances in Treatment

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges to healthcare systems globally, pushing the boundaries of medical technology and patient care. Among the critical interventions, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) has emerged as a vital treatment for severe COVID-19 cases where conventional ventilation fails. This extensive review, drawn from discussions with experts across multiple centers worldwide, sheds light on the intricacies of ECMO use, patient outcomes, and evolving treatment strategies during the pandemic.

ECMO as a Lifeline for Severe COVID-19 Cases

The transcript reveals that ECMO has been pivotal for patients with severe respiratory distress and failure, serving as a bridge to recovery or transplantation. The discussions highlight the collective experience from global hotspots, including Paris, Italy, and Japan, where healthcare professionals have had to rapidly adapt to the escalating demands of treating COVID-19.

International Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing

One of the standout themes from the discussions is the unprecedented level of international collaboration. Clinicians and researchers worldwide have shared protocols, treatment successes, and setbacks in real time, fostering a global approach to understanding and combating the virus's effects. This cooperative effort has accelerated the learning curve for treating severe cases, particularly those requiring ECMO support.

Innovations in ECMO Management

The transcript discusses several technical and procedural innovations in the management of ECMO, such as the integration of novel antiviral therapies and adjustments in anticoagulation practices. Experts have also shared their approaches to ventilatory management with ECMO, emphasizing gentle ventilation strategies to minimize lung injury while ensuring adequate oxygenation.

Challenges and Complications

Managing ECMO patients in the context of COVID-19 involves navigating complex complications. These include issues related to coagulation, the inflammatory response, and the long-term management of patients who are slow to recover. The discussions reflect on the critical balance of maintaining antiviral therapy effectiveness while managing the side effects and interactions of multiple interventions.

Future Directions and Continued Research

Looking forward, the transcript underscores the need for continued research and data collection to improve ECMO protocols and outcomes. There is a particular call for more randomized control trials and long-term follow-up studies to better understand the post-recovery phase of ECMO patients.

Educational Value and Clinical Insights

This comprehensive overview serves as an invaluable resource for healthcare professionals engaged in the management of severe COVID-19 cases. By consolidating global experiences and data, it provides clinicians with insights that can inform and improve treatment strategies, potentially saving lives in current and future health crises.


This detailed account of ECMO use during the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the critical role of advanced life support systems in managing the most severe cases. The collaborative efforts of the global medical community have not only saved lives but also enriched the collective knowledge and preparedness for future pandemics. As the situation evolves, continued vigilance and innovation in ECMO management will remain essential.


Dr. Hany Samir and Mat Warhoover, CCP from Vanderbilt discuss the survival benefit of ECMO for patients that suffer from COVID-19 related lung injury and failure. 

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Meet Your Instructor

Hany Samir, MD, FCCP

Hany Samir, MD, FCCP

Dr. Hany Samir is the founder and CEO of HS Consulting for Telehealth, Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular Anesthesiology and Critical Care with Weill Cornell Medical College at the DeBakey Heart

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Matt Warhoover, CCP

Matt Warhoover, CCP

Matt Warhoover graduated Vanderbilt University with a Masters in Health Care Management. He also earned a masters in Perfusion Science from Milwaukee School of Engineering

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