Case Studies in Advanced ECMO Strategy: Endpoints, Ethics, Futility and Death

Author(s): Richard Arbour

Contact Hours 1.25

CERP A 1.25

Expires Dec 15, 2026

Topics: ECMO, Ethics, Neurology

Population: Adult

Role: APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

This session includes ECMO indications/contraindications and differentiating flow versus sweep speed. Real-time titration is appraised in V-A/V-V ECMO for goal-directed care, brain death/apnea testing and ethical issues with patient selection/futility criteria for ECMO de-escalation and death. Advanced case studies show ECMO de-escalation/decannulation when futile, sweep titration in CO2 responsiveness/apnea testing, goal-directed care and defining death accenting interdisciplinary care and APRN role.


  • Analyze advanced cardiopulmonary failure, causation and clinical goals during evaluation for ECMO support.
  • Employ clinical data in real-time when modifying plan of care during ECMO support based on endpoints, complications and futility.
  • Define endpoints, ethics, neurologic complications, brain death testing and death pronouncement when adapting ECMO support.

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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.


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Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.25 contact hours.

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