Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes

Picture the scene…

A patient in Resus who has been diagnosed with pandemic influenza attended the ED acutely short of breath. They have been intubated and cannot get their oxygen saturations about 60% on an FiO2 of 100% and you wonder if ECMO would be any use…

Learning Objective

To learn about the use of ECMO in the Emergency Department.

Task 1 – Read

Task 2 – Listen

Task 3 – Discuss

Task 4 – Summary

Task 5 – Reflect

References and Further Reading

  1. 1
    Ghobrial M, Nugent K. A Review of ECMO in the ED: History, Mechanics, Common Indications, and Future Implications. EMRA. 2019; published online Dec 8. (accessed June 9, 2020).
  2. 2
    Orman R. What ECMO Does and Doesn’t Do. ERCast Lite. 2020; published online June 8. (accessed June 9, 2020).