Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a complicated but effective tool in improving prognoses for patients in critical care situations. This highly detailed CE offering will prepare you to make efficient decisions about when to safely use ECMO in critical care situations. The technical information in the presentation is supported by realistic case studies and intricate decision trees on when to use ECMO, allowing you to practice your critical discernment skills as you learn. After completing this session, you will be able to understand the criteria for ECMO use and describe ECMO cannulation techniques. You will also be able to evaluate patients supported by ECMO for frequently occurring complications.
This presentation includes information on the following topics:
- Determining which patients are candidates for ECMO
- Statistics on the prognostic benefits of appropriate ECMO use
- Mechanical components of ECMO and how to determine the source of a mechanical problem
- Considerations for weaning and hypoxemia