ECMO: The Ultimate Support for the Cardiopulmonary System
Learning ObjectivesAt the completion of this program, you will be able to:
- Identify at least one indication for application of ECMO.
- Distinguish the differences between V-V and V-A ECMO.
- List at least two nursing interventions specific to the care of patients treated with ECMO.
Continuing Education Information
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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.
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