Virtual ECMO Therapy Bootcamp

Abbott Virtual ECMO Therapy Bootcamp

Abbott held a comprehensive 1-day extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy program in August of 2021. The following videos are recordings of the program sessions and are intended for heart failure clinicians and/or administrators—including nurse practitioners, ECMO coordinators, nurses, perfusionists and other providers interested in ECMO education.

Program Description

This state-of-the-art program is designed to enhance participants’ knowledge on all aspects of ECMO, providing educational content for those new to acute circulatory support while also challenging experienced clinicians.

Program Objectives

  • Review key indicators in assessing the progression of heart failure and highlighting the appropriate patient for ECMO therapy.
  • Understand the versatility of the CentriMag™ Acute Circulatory Support System to escalate and de-escalate levels of care for optimal patient management.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the various models of care and the advantages between them.
  • Describe how cross-functional collaboration with a patient-centered approach can improve outcomes for patients supported with the CentriMag System.

General Sessions

Promoting Quality Outcomes From the Initiation of ECMO

Aditya Bansal, MD, discusses how early decisions in the initiation of ECMO support can have significant impact on patient outcomes.

Successful ECMO Outcomes with the CentriMag Acute Circulatory Support System

Faraz Masood, MD, highlights his center’s experience and outcomes with the CentriMag Acute Circulatory Support System.

Improving ECMO Outcomes: A Collaborative Approach

Gary Schwartz, MD, discusses various strategies and considerations on communication between ECMO programs within a healthcare system.

Breaking the Code: Standardizing ECPR Delivery

Gary Schwartz, MD, explores the benefits of a collaborative approach to extra-corporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR), highlighting improved outcomes through delivery standardization.

Program Integrity

Melissa Barnes, BSN, RN, presents how to identify a core team, navigate staffing models and promote program integrity when developing a viable ECMO program.

Hub and Spoke Model in Healthcare

Lucian Durham III, MD, PhD, provides an overview of the hub and spoke model, along with the various roles and expectations between ECMO hub and spoke clinicians.

ECMO Therapy in the Cath Lab

Joyce Wald, DO, FACC, discusses current practices for ECMO initiation in a cath lab setting.

Clinical Sessions

Selecting the Appropriate Patient for ECMO Support

Faraz Masood, MD, explores how the identification of appropriate patients for advanced heart failure therapies such as acute circulatory support is critical in ensuring positive outcomes.

Beyond ECMO: Bridge to Heart Transplantation

Christian Bermudez, MD, presents how ECMO is a vital option for critically ill patients, acting as a bridge to more advanced treatments, such as heart and/or lung transplantation.

Life After ECMO Therapy

Amy Hackmann, MD, FACS, explores how to prepare patients for life after ECMO—beginning from the weaning process and continuing with enhanced hospital recovery practices.

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