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Ecmo simulation education

Lindsay Johnston, Gary Oldenburg
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a highly technical and complex method of life support. Patient and circuit emergencies on ECMO are rare, but in these cases, prompt and correct actions to address the crisis are needed to prevent morbidity and mortality. ECMO simulation programs have gained popularity in recent years, as they provide a standardized educational experience for all members of the inter-professional care team. In addition to providing a context in which to solidify knowledge of ECMO support, participants are also able to focus on vital technical and behavioral skills that are not highlighted in other training methodologies...
October 13, 2016: Seminars in Perinatology
James J Fehr, Mark Shepard, Mary E McBride, Mary Mehegan, Kavya Reddy, David J Murray, John R Boulet
OBJECTIVE: The aims of the study were (1) to create multiple scenarios that simulate a range of urgent and emergent extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) events and (2) to determine whether these scenarios can provide reliable and valid measures of a specialist's advanced skill in managing ECMO emergencies. DESIGN: Multiscenario simulation-based performance assessment was performed. SETTING: The study was conducted in the Saigh Pediatric Simulation Center at St...
June 2016: Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
Roberta Brum, Ronak Rajani, Elton Gelandt, Lisa Morgan, Nira Raguseelan, Salman Butt, David Nelmes, Georg Auzinger, Simon Broughton
BACKGROUND: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a complex treatment. Despite this, there are a lack of training programs designed to develop relevant clinical and nonclinical skills required for ECMO specialists. The aim of the current study was to describe the design, implementation and evaluation of a 1-day simulation course for delivering training in ECMO. METHODS: A 1-day simulation course was developed with educational and intensive care experts. First, the delegates received a lecture on the principles of simulation training and the importance of human factors...
April 2015: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
Jess L Thompson, Lisa M Grisham, Jeanne Scott, Chris Mogan, Hannes Prescher, David Biffar, John Jarred, Robyn J Meyer, Allan J Hamilton
Initiation of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is stressful, especially for inexperienced extracorporeal life support providers. The main objective of this study was to create a novel, reusable mannequin for high-fidelity simulation of ECMO initiation. We modified a Laerdal neonatal mannequin (SimNewB; Stavanger, Norway) so that it could be used to simulate an ECMO initiation. A simulation of a neonatal patient suffering from meconium aspiration was performed in the pediatric intensive care unit, and participants included new extracorporeal life support specialists in addition to the composition of the clinical ECMO team...
April 2014: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
Iryna Atamanyuk, Olivier Ghez, Imran Saeed, Mary Lane, Judith Hall, Tim Jackson, Ajay Desai, Margarita Burmester
OBJECTIVES: To develop an affordable realistic open-chest extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) model for embedded in situ interprofessional crisis resource management training in emergency management of a post-cardiac surgery child. METHODS: An innovative attachment to a high-fidelity mannequin (Laerdal Simbaby) was used to enable a cardiac tamponade/ECMO standstill scenario. Two saline bags with blood dye were placed over the mannequin's chest. A 'heart' bag with venous and arterial outlets was connected to the corresponding tubes of the ECMO circuit...
January 2014: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
William Lansdowne, David Machin, David J Grant
Despite its life-sustaining potential, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) remains a complex treatment modality for which close teamwork is imperative with a high risk of adverse events leading to significant morbidity and mortality. The provision of adequate training and continuing education is key in mitigating these risks. Traditional training for ECMO has relied predominantly on didactic education and hands-on water drills. These methods may overemphasize cognitive skills while underemphasizing technical skills and completely ignoring team and human factor skills...
December 2012: Journal of Extra-corporeal Technology
Harold M Burkhart, Jeffrey B Riley, James J Lynch, Rakesh M Suri, Kevin L Greason, Lyle D Joyce, Gregory A Nuttall, John Stulak, Hartzell V Schaff, Joseph A Dearani
BACKGROUND: We developed and tested a clinical simulation program in the principles and conduct of postcardiotomy extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) with the aim of improving confidence, proficiency, and crisis management. METHODS: Twenty-three thoracic surgery residents from unique residency programs participated in an ECMO course involving didactic lectures and hands-on simulation. A current postcardiotomy ECMO circuit was used in a simulation center to give residents training with basic operations and crisis management...
March 2013: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Soi-Yu Chan, Mayte Figueroa, Thomas Spentzas, Ashley Powell, Ricky Holloway, Samir Shah
This study aimed to assess the impact of integrating a simulation-based education module into an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) curriculum on novice learners and to test the duration of time that skills obtained during this training exercise were retained. The authors hypothesized that multidisciplinary, simulation-based ECMO training would improve comfort and confidence levels among participants. An ECMO training curriculum was developed that incorporated in situ simulation modules to train multidisciplinary health care professionals involved in the management of patients receiving ECMO in the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit (PCICU)...
March 2013: Pediatric Cardiology
Luca Brazzi, Alfredo Lissoni, Mauro Panigada, Nicola Bottino, Nicolò Patroniti, Federico Pappalardo, Luciano Gattinoni
On November 2009, the Italian health authorities set up a network of selected intensive care unit (ICU) centers (ECMOnet) to prepare for the treatment of the sickest patients of influenza A (H1N1) by means of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).To quickly and efficaciously train all the physicians working in the ICUs of the ECMOnet on ECMO use, we decided to take advantages of the opportunity provided by simulation technology.Simulation proved efficacious in providing adequate training and education to participants as confirmed by the survival results obtained by the group of ICUs of the ECMOnet...
February 2012: Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
JoDee M Anderson, Allison A Murphy, Kristine B Boyle, Kim A Yaeger, Louis P Halamek
BACKGROUND: Healthcare professionals are expected to make rapid, correct decisions in critical situations despite what may be a lack of real practical experience in a particular crisis situation. Successful resolution of a medical crisis depends upon demonstration not only of appropriate technical skills but also of key behavioral skills (eg, leadership, communication, and teamwork). We have developed a hands-on, high fidelity, simulation-based training program (ECMO Sim) to provide healthcare professionals with the opportunity to learn and practice the technical and behavioral skills necessary to manage ECMO emergencies...
2006: Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
JoDee M Anderson, Kristine B Boyle, Allison A Murphy, Kim A Yaeger, Judy LeFlore, Louis P Halamek
BACKGROUND: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a form of long-term cardiopulmonary bypass used to treat infants, children, and adults with respiratory and/or cardiac failure despite maximal medical therapy. Mechanical emergencies on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) have an associated mortality of 25%. Thus, acquiring and maintaining the technical, behavioral, and critical thinking skills necessary to manage ECMO emergencies is essential to patient survival. Traditional training in ECMO management is primarily didactic in nature and usually complemented with varying degrees of hands-on training using a water-filled ECMO circuit...
2006: Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
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