Overview of Pharmacologic Considerations in Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

Author(s): Adam Sieg, PharmD, BCPS, Komal Pandya, PharmD, BCPS, Ryan Winstead, PharmD, Rickey Evans, PharmD, BCPS

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Pharmacology Hours 1.00

Expires Apr 30, 2024

Topics: Cardiovascular, COVID-19, Pharmacology

Population: Geriatric, Adult

Role: APRN, Educator, Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

The aim of this comprehensive review is to give nurses a better understanding of analgesic, sedative, anti-infective, and anticoagulation medications that are frequently used to treat patients receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.


  • Identify medication classes that are frequently utilized for patients undergoing ECMO therapy.
  • Describe how the ECMO circuit can alter drug pharmacokinetic profiles.
  • Evaluate individual physiochemical properties of medications to further understand how they can be influenced by the ECMO circuit.

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.00 contact hours.

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