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Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

Understanding the Intricacies of Lifesaving ECMO Therapy

Caring for critically ill patients often requires the use of complex therapies such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). This life-support modality helps patients whose lungs are unable to adequately oxygenate their body, even with supplemental oxygen. It mechanically oxygenates their blood long enough for them to heal from their initial acute cardiovascular/pulmonary injury or undergo required procedures and interventions.

While ECMO therapy is not new, its use has grown tremendously since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. One report from the Mayo Clinic citing the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization estimates that approximately 500 hospitals around the world can perform ECMO, and healthcare providers used ECMO more than 20,000 times worldwide in 2021.

This intricate mode of life support requires specialized training and expertise to implement safely and effectively. Caring for patients on ECMO involves keeping a close eye on each patient’s unique clinical needs, treatment interventions, surveillance and assessment techniques, and prevention and management of complications/emergencies. AACN offers an array of resources to support you in providing the best possible care for patients undergoing ECMO therapy.

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Key ECMO Resources

Keeping up with the latest evidence-based practices is essential for the safe care of patients receiving ECMO therapy. Our featured ECMO resources help you stay current on this intricate form of life support so you can provide the best possible care for your patients.

AACN and The Institute for Extracorporeal Life Support Present – The ECMO Course

In this online course, clinicians gain the comprehensive knowledge and understanding of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) needed to care for critically ill patients with severe heart and lung failure.

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Micro-Credential

Implementing ECMO support safely and effectively requires specialized training and expertise. Validate your specialty knowledge in caring for critically ill patients receiving this life-saving therapy by earning AACN’s Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Micro-Credential.

Additional Resources

Access AACN’s full collection of educational content on caring for patients receiving ECMO therapy. This compilation includes information designed to support and enhance your ECMO nursing practice.