Nursing Care of a Child With Delirium Receiving Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: A Case Report

Author(s): Cong-hui Fu, MD, RN, Yan Li, MD, RN, Yu-cai Zhang, PhD, Xiao-ya Yang, BA, RN, Ji Liu, BA, RN, Min-jie Ju, BA, RN Ting-ting Xu, MD, RN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Apr 01, 2027

Topics: Cardiovascular

Population: Pediatric

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

In this retrospective case report, we describe our experience caring for a 6-year-old girl who received VA-ECMO in a tertiary children’s hospital in Shanghai, China, and had delirium for 6 days. We provide insight for critical care nurses regarding the use of non-pharmacologic care bundles including delirium screening, analgesia and sedation management, sleep promotion, and family participation.


  • Identify the delirium screening in children with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.
  • Describe the clinical manifestations of delirium in a pediatric patient undergoing veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.
  • Describe 4 non-pharmacologic interventions bedside nurses use to care for a child with delirium.

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