PerfWeb 23 Patient selection for VA ECMO. ECMO weaning and termination
PerfWeb 23 Patient selection for VA ECMO. ECMO weaning and termination

PerfWeb 23 Patient selection for VA ECMO. ECMO weaning and termination

  • Faculty: Prakash Balan, MD
  • Date: August 10th, 2019 12:00 am
  • CEU’s: 0.98 CEUs
  • Price: $14.7
  • Category 1 SDCE CEU
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Dr. Prakash Balan discusses ECMO and patient selection, ECMO maintenance strategies and ECMO weaning and termination. VA ECMO. ECMO without Myocardial Recovery. Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation. 

In the ever-evolving landscape of cardiovascular care, the role of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) has become increasingly pivotal. It serves as a life-sustaining bridge for patients with severe cardiac or respiratory failure, whose conditions are refractory to conventional treatments. This comprehensive video presentation, led by Dr. Bolin, navigates the intricacies of Veno-Arterial ECMO (VA ECMO), focusing particularly on the critical phases of patient selection, weaning, and termination. 

Key Topics Covered:

1. Introduction to VA ECMO: A succinct overview of what VA ECMO entails, its underlying mechanisms, and its clinical significance.
2. Patient Selection Criteria: A deep dive into the indicators that guide healthcare professionals in choosing the ideal candidates for VA ECMO.
3. ECMO Weaning: An analytical perspective on the weaning process, emphasizing the physiological metrics and clinical signs to be considered.
4. ECMO Termination: Detailed guidance on how and when to safely terminate ECMO support.

Who Should Watch This Video:

  • Perfusionists: To gain a comprehensive understanding of VA ECMO from selection to termination.
  • Cardiologists: To better collaborate with perfusionists and intensivists for optimal patient outcomes.
  • Intensivists: To understand the nuances of managing patients on VA ECMO.
  • Medical Students and Residents: For an academic understanding of the subject matter.
  • Nursing Staff: To familiarize themselves with the ECMO process and be better prepared for teamwork in a clinical setting.

Why This Video is Essential:

Interdisciplinary Approach:
Dr. Bolin brings an interdisciplinary approach to the table, bridging gaps between different specialties involved in the ECMO process. His insights are rooted in years of clinical experience, supported by the latest research findings.

Real-world Applications:
The presentation doesn’t just stay theoretical; it delves into real-world applications, offering case studies and practical tips that can be immediately implemented in a clinical setting.

Comprehensive Yet Concise:
While being detailed, the presentation is designed to be easily digestible, offering viewers the chance to quickly grasp complex topics without feeling overwhelmed.

Up-to-date Knowledge:
In a field that is continually evolving, this video ensures you stay ahead of the curve by providing the most recent guidelines and practices related to VA ECMO.

What You Will Learn:

  • Clinical Indicators: Understand the clinical markers that necessitate the initiation of VA ECMO.
  • Decision-making Process: Grasp the ethical and clinical considerations that guide the decision to start, continue, or terminate ECMO.
  • Weaning Strategies: Learn the protocols for weaning patients off ECMO, and understand the physiological metrics that guide this process.
  • Termination Protocols: Acquire knowledge about the safe and ethical practices to terminate ECMO support, focusing on both the patient’s welfare and the healthcare team’s responsibilities.


The realm of ECMO is fraught with complexities that require nuanced understanding and precise execution. "Patient Selection for VA ECMO: ECMO Weaning and Termination" offers a 360-degree view of the subject, making it an indispensable resource for healthcare professionals involved in the care of critically ill patients requiring ECMO. Whether you are a seasoned perfusionist, a medical student, or a healthcare provider in cardiac care, this video serves as a comprehensive guide to mastering the subject. With its blend of theoretical knowledge and practical insights, it not only educates but also empowers you to contribute meaningfully to patient care in this critical domain.

Meet Your Instructor

Prakash Balan, MD

Prakash Balan, MD

Dr. Prakash Balan is a board certified Physician and Assistant Professor for the Department of Internal Medicine at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center

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