Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) complications - Joseph Basha, CCP
Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) complications - Joseph Basha, CCP

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) complications - Joseph Basha, CCP

  • Faculty: Mike Brown, CCP
  • Date: April 25th, 2020 9:00 am
  • CEU’s: 0.32 CEUs
  • Price: $4.8
  • Category 1 SDCE CEU
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Joe Basha, CCP and Mike Brown, CCP describe and discuss common and complex complications of ECMO. 

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Navigating ECMO Complications: Strategies for Optimal Patient Outcomes

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) is a critical lifesaving intervention used in intensive care units for supporting patients with severe cardiac and respiratory failures. While ECMO can be a pivotal treatment option, it also comes with a set of complex complications that require meticulous management to ensure patient safety and improve outcomes. This detailed lecture, provided by a seasoned perfusionist with two decades of experience, focuses on the multifaceted aspects of ECMO complications, offering insights into their prevention, diagnosis, and management.

Understanding ECMO Complications The session begins with a foundational overview of ECMO, explaining its role in critical care and the common complications that can arise during its application. The discussion spans both venovenous (VV) and venoarterial (VA) ECMO, detailing the specific challenges associated with each type.

Common and Catastrophic ECMO Complications The lecture categorizes ECMO complications into common manageable issues and potential catastrophic events. For each category, there is a detailed exploration of symptoms, underlying causes, and the immediate actions required to mitigate these risks. The content is rich with practical advice, aimed at enhancing the practitioner’s ability to respond swiftly and effectively.

Advanced Monitoring Techniques A significant portion of the presentation is dedicated to monitoring strategies that are crucial for early detection of complications. The use of advanced diagnostic tools and real-time monitoring techniques, such as the Transonic ELSA Meter for Extracorporeal Life Support Assurance, is discussed. These technologies play a critical role in ensuring the ECMO circuit functions optimally and that any deviations are promptly addressed.

Management Strategies and Clinical Decisions The lecture provides a strategic framework for managing ECMO complications, emphasizing a structured approach to troubleshooting and problem-solving within the ECMO circuit. Topics include adjusting flow rates, managing anticoagulation effectively, and the importance of multidisciplinary teamwork in crisis scenarios.

Case Studies and Real-World Applications Drawing from real-life scenarios and case studies, the presentation illustrates how theoretical knowledge is applied in clinical settings. These examples provide attendees with a clear picture of how complications have been successfully managed in past cases, offering lessons learned and best practices.

Future Directions in ECMO Management Concluding the session, the future of ECMO management is discussed, highlighting ongoing research, emerging technologies, and potential improvements in ECMO designs that could further reduce complication rates and enhance patient care.

Conclusion This lecture is an essential resource for healthcare professionals involved in ECMO management, including perfusionists, intensivists, and critical care nurses. It equips them with the knowledge and skills necessary to handle the complexities of ECMO complications, ultimately aiming to enhance patient outcomes and safety in critical care environments.

0:00 Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Complications 
0:14 VA Common / Manageable ECMO Complications 
2:11 Factoids 
4:14 Transonic ELSA Meter Extracorporeal Life Support Assurance 
5:22 ECMO Complications - Catastrophic 
 8:06 ECMO Key Points 
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Meet Your Instructor

Mike Brown, CCP

Mike Brown, CCP

Micheal Ray Brown, CCP, LP, is a graduate of The Texas Heart School of Perfusion Technology. He has been a perfusionist for 38 years in and around the city of Houston

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