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Dr. Christian Bermudez's presentation includes an overview of the role of ECMO in acute myocardial infarction, treatment strategies for ECMO supported patients and safe techniques for performing invasive procedures during ECMO support.

Educational objectives:

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

  • Improve outcomes of patients supported on ECMO for respiratory failure and cardiogenic shock based on modern management techniques
  • Provide clear guidelines of ECMO cannulation strategies for peripheral and central support
  • Improve patient outcomes by providing safe techniques for performing invasive procedures during ECMO support

Reading Resources:

  1. "ECMO Extracorporeal Cardiopulmonary Support in Critical Care" Joseph R. Zwischenberger, M.D., Robert H. Bartlett, M.D., published by Extracorporeal Life Support Organization, 1995.
  2. "Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation for Advanced Refractory Shock in Acute and Chronic Cardiomyopathy" Christian A. Bermudez, MD, Rodolfo V. Rocha, MD, Yoshiya Toyoda, MD, PhD, Diana Zaldonis, MPH, BSN, Penny L. Sappington, MD, Suresh Mulukutla, MD, Oscar C. Marroquin, MD, Catalin Toma, MD, Jay K. Bhama, MD and Robert L. Kormos, MD, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, 2011 In Press.
  3. Chen JS, Ko WJ, Yu HY, et al. Analysis of the outcome for patients experiencing myocardial infarction and cardiopulmonary resuscitation refractory to conventional therapies necessitating extracorporeal life support rescue. Crit Care Med 2006;34:950-7.


Dr. Bermudez 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: 2/21/2012 | Last Modified On: 5/20/2013 | Expires: 5/20/2014

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