PerfWeb 24 Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) and Patient Survival
PerfWeb 24 Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) and Patient Survival

PerfWeb 24 Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) and Patient Survival

  • Faculty: Program director Joseph Basha, CCP
  • Date: August 10th, 2019 12:00 am
  • CEU’s: 0.94 CEUs
  • Price: $14.1
  • Category 1 SDCE CEU
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Lively lecture and discussion about Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) survival data and how patient selection and timing of ECMO initiation contributes to improving ECMO outcomes.


In today's rapidly evolving medical landscape, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) stands as a beacon of innovation and lifesaving potential. Over the decades, ECMO technology has undergone transformative changes, moving from a once experimental procedure to a cornerstone in critical care. The video presentation, titled "Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) and Patient Survival," serves as a comprehensive guide into the complex and nuanced world of ECMO. Tailored for perfusionists, medical professionals, and healthcare students, this video aims to offer a well-rounded understanding of the subject.

Historical Background and Evolution

The video kickstarts the discussion with a captivating historical tale that traces back to the mid-1960s. It narrates the story of William Barnett, a night watchman at Chelsea College of Science and Technology in London, to highlight the leaps and bounds made in emergency medical care. This historical context adds a layer of appreciation for modern-day advances, particularly in the field of perfusion science and ECMO.

Anatomy of an ECMO Machine

The presentation takes a deep dive into the components that make up an ECMO machine. From oxygenators to pumps and circuitry, the video breaks down the machinery into its fundamental parts. For a perfusionist, understanding these elements is imperative, as they are directly responsible for the operation and monitoring of ECMO equipment. The detailed analysis in the video serves as a refresher for seasoned professionals and a primer for newcomers.

Different Types of ECMO: A Comparative Study

One of the most enlightening portions of the video is its categorization of ECMO into different types, namely Veno-Venous (VV-ECMO), Veno-Arterial (VA-ECMO), Veno-Venous-Arterial (VVA-ECMO), and Veno-Arterial-Venous (VAV-ECMO). The presentation goes beyond mere definitions, offering comparative insights into each type's suitability for specific medical conditions. For example, while VV-ECMO is generally employed for respiratory issues, VA-ECMO is more apt for cardiac support.

Clinical Implications: From Neonates to Adults

The video has a dedicated section focusing on the clinical applications of ECMO, addressing its versatility in treating a wide age range of patients—from neonates to adults. It brings to light various case studies and statistical findings that attest to the treatment's efficacy, especially in conditions like Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and neonatal hypoxia. For perfusionists, this segment adds a practical dimension to the theoretical knowledge they possess.

The Ethical and Economic Conundrums

ECMO is not just about technology; it's also about ethics and economics. The video explores the ethical dilemmas, such as the right time to initiate or discontinue ECMO, that healthcare professionals often grapple with. It also discusses the financial aspects, underscoring the need for a balanced approach to using this expensive but crucial technology.

Survival Metrics: Quantitative Analysis

Perhaps the most crucial segment of the video is its empirical examination of ECMO's impact on patient survival rates. Drawing from a plethora of research studies, expert testimonials, and real-world data, the presentation offers a quantitative analysis that enhances our understanding of the treatment's success and limitations. This section is an eye-opener for anyone interested in the tangible outcomes of ECMO.

Conclusion and Future Prospects

The video concludes by looking into the future—discussing upcoming advancements in ECMO technology that hold the promise of further improving patient outcomes. As perfusionists, staying updated with these advancements is key to delivering the best possible care.

Target Audience and Final Thoughts

This meticulously crafted video is a must-watch for perfusionists, medical practitioners, and students alike. Its multi-disciplinary approach makes it invaluable for anyone involved in critical care, including anesthesiologists and emergency medical professionals. 

In summary, "Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) and Patient Survival" serves as an exhaustive, educational resource. It successfully bridges the gap between theoretical learning and practical application, offering a 360-degree view of ECMO technology and its impact on patient survival.

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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