A Bridge Too Far? Controversies in the Initiation and Discontinuation of Extracorporeal Life Support
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Ethics End of Life, Procedures, 2021
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The Society of Critical Care Medicine's Critical Care Congress features internationally renowned faculty and content sessions highlighting the most up-to-date, evidence-based developments in critical care medicine. This is a presentation from the 2021 Critical Care Congress held virtually from January 31-February 12, 2021.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine decision-making challenges surrounding initiation and discontinuation of extracorporeal life support (ECLS) in contemporary intensive care practice utilizing ECLS technology
  • Recognize current controversies and practice variability surrounding patient selection for initiation of ECLS and timing of ECLS discontinuation and compare and contrast issues across adult and pediatric settings
  • Construct an approach to ethical decision-making and apply communication strategies in framing conversations with patients and surrogate decision-makers in discontinuation of ECLS support

Getting on the Bridge: ECLS Candidacy
Wynne E. Morrison

Getting off the Bridge: Discontinuation of ECLS
Daniel Brodie

Navigating the Bridge: Approaching Decision-Making and Framing Discussions

Katie Moynihan

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Content Type Presentation
Knowledge Area Ethics End of Life
Knowledge Area Procedures
Knowledge Level Advanced
Learning Pathway Skills and Procedures
Membership Level Select
Tag Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation ECMO
Tag Communication
Year 2021
time-limited trials
patient factors
multidisciplinary approach
alternate treatment options
shared decision-making


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