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Dr. Penny Lynn Sappington discusses the benefits of ECMO for patients with adult respiratory distress syndrome as well as selection criteria used to improve outcomes of patients who are cannulated on veno-venous ECMO.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the patient benefits of veno-venous ECMO.
  • Utilize therapeutic interventions to maximize oxygenation and improve the outcome of patients cannulated on veno-venous
  • Describe the selection criteria used to improve the outcomes of patients who are cannulated on veno-venous ECMO.

Reading Resources:

  1. Pipeling MR, Fan E. Therapies for refractory hypoxemia in acute respiratory distress syndrome. JAMA. 2010 Dec 8;304(22):2521-7. PubMed PMID: 21139113.
  2. Gómez-Caro A, Badia JR, Ausin P. [Extracorporeal lung assist in severe respiratory failure and ARDS. Current situation and clinical applications]. Arch Bronconeumol. 2010 Oct;46(10):531-7. Epub 2010 Jun 17. Spanish. PubMed PMID: 20937437.
  3. Wong I, Vuylsteke A. Use of extracorporeal life support to support patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome due to H1N1/2009 influenza and other respiratory infections. Perfusion. 2010 Sep 8. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 20826508.
  4. Kuhl T, Langebartels G, Madershahian N, Wahlers T. [Extracorporeal life support given to a 16-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis, candida pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome]. Dtsch Med Wochenschr. 2010 Oct;135(42):2071-5. Epub 2010 Oct 12. German. PubMed PMID: 20941680.


Dr. Sappington has no relevant relationships with any entities producing healthcare goods or services.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.05) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 0.5 contact hours.

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Release Date: 2/23/2012 | Last Modified On: 2/23/2012 | Expires: 2/23/2013

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