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, 2023

Topics: Cardiovascular, COVID-19, Pharmacology

Population: Geriatric, Adult

Role: APRN, Educator, Staff

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Activity Summary

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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 and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. No conflicts of interest have been identified for any individual with the ability to influence the content of this activity. Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing (CBRN), California Provider number CEP 1036. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

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