Fundamentals of ECMO Support for the ICU Nurse

Author(s): Jennifer Sinclair

Contact Hours 1.25

CERP A 1.25

Expires Nov 15, 2026

Topics: ECMO

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

In this session, you learn the foundational concepts of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support in the ICU setting. Key concepts include the components of the ECMO circuit, physiologic and hemodynamic changes during ECMO, emergency management and procedures, weaning strategies, ideal patient selection criteria and a review of current practice guidelines. Case studies presented focus on ECMO support for COVID-19 patients and ECMO for cardiac arrest.


  • Identify the key components of the ECMO circuit and their functions.
  • Explain the difference between VV and VA ECMO.
  • Discuss nursing care considerations and emergency management.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

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 1.25 contact hours.

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