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Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a technique first developed in the late 1970s to support patients experiencing profound cardiopulmonary failure.
Over the last 35 years, ECMO technology has been refined and outcomes have improved in adults treated with this therapy. Once used primarily to support patients with severe cardiac failure, its use for patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome is now commonplace since the H1N1 pandemic.
This webinar presentation will discuss the history of ECMO, its current applications in adults, nursing interventions specific to caring for patients treated with ECMO, and outcomes of patients supported with this unique therapy.
A critical care nurse for more than 33 years, Michael Petty currently serves as a cardiothoracic clinical nurse specialist at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. In this role, he supports nurses and others caring for patients supported with ECMO through education and clinical consultation. He also develops and modifies order sets to promote best practices.
In addition, Mr. Petty is a founding member and current president of the International Consortium of Circulatory Assist Clinicians, a professional mentoring network to connect, educate and support practitioners in the mechanical circulatory assist device field. He is also past president of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists’ Minnesota affiliate.
Nitasha Joyner, CCP
As the ECMO coordinator and staff perfusionist for pediatric and adult programs at the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC), Nitasha Joyner oversees all aspects of the facility’s ECMO program.
Ms. Joyner’s responsibilities include organizing physicians and specialists, defining protocols, establishing comptencies, educating physicians, perfusionists and staff, and integrating innovative techniques to improve both perfusion and patient outcomes. She also handles all ECMO-related data management for UMMC and the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) Registry.
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Learners must view the entire webinar and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded 0.5 contact hour of CNE credit (Synergy Category A).
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In accordance with ANCC guidelines, the contact hours for this educational activity are due for renewal on Jan. 1, 2017.
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