Must-Know Controversies in Venoarterial ECMO Support
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Procedures, Pulmonary, 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

  • Discuss controversies in the treatment of left ventricular (LV) distention during venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA ECMO)
  • Recognize ethical and controversial considerations in VA ECMO
  • Discuss the potential role of VA ECMO as an initial circulatory support strategy in acute massive pulmonary embolism
  • Describe unique VA ECMO considerations in current clinical practice
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of LV unloading, extracorporeal CPR, and ethical considerations in VA ECMO


Upfront Venoarterial ECMO for Massive Pulmonary Embolism
Subhasis Chatterjee

Cerebrovascular Physiologic Considerations in Venoarterial ECMO Management
Karin Reuter-Rice

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Content Type Presentation
Knowledge Area Procedures
Knowledge Area Pulmonary
Knowledge Level Advanced
Membership Level Select
Tag Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation ECMO
Tag Pulmonary Embolism
Tag Cardiothoracic Critical Care
Year 2021
extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
patient selection
underlying condition
severity of symptoms
likelihood of improvement
diagnostic tests
transcranial Doppler
brain function
organ health
multidisciplinary approach


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