SpecialtyCare recently hosted two educational webinar opportunities for perfusionists and critical care physicians. Both sessions were focused on ECMO for patients with COVID-19 and discussed challenges, successes, and lessons learned. As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves,  perfusionists and critical care physicians were invited to learn additional ECMO insights,while also inviting a robust question and answer section. 

Medical experts Al Stammers, Dr. Jeffrey Jacobs, and Dr. Michael Firstenberg, who recently collaborated with The American Society for Artificial Organs (ASAIO), shared their recent research to understand the role of ECMO in the management of COVID-19. While the role of ECMO in caring for critically ill patients with COVID-19 is still evolving, below are some of the topics covered.

  • Data Reveiw
  • Patient Demographics
  • Case Distribution by Type
  • ECMO Equipment/Anticoagulation
  • Survivor v. Non-Survivor
  • Timing of Events
  • CV-19 Diagnosis to Intubation (days)
  • Intubation to Cannulation (days)
  • ECMO Support (days)
  • Hours on ECMO Support
  • Cause of Death
  • Circuit Type
  • Cannula Type
  • Anticoagulation

Watch the Perfusion Webinar presented on June 4th:*

Watch the Critical Care Webinar presented on June 11th:* 

Next Webinar: Thursday, June 25th at 4 p.m. EST

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About the Research:

SpecialtyCare recently published research in collaboration with ASAIO on the role of ECMO in the management of severely ill patients with COVID-19. This initial research group was based on 32 patients across 9 hospitals in 24 days. We plan to build upon this research and continue to share in hopes that it enhances decisions at the bedside. 

Read about the research

How SpecialtyCare Serves Clients with ECMO: 

SpecialtyCare is a trusted partner and an industry leader in perfusion services. We understand what it takes to set up an OR that is efficient, cost-effective, and staffed properly with the right people and equipment. This knowledge helps us provide the best advice to clients that would either like to establish a new ECMO program or evaluate their current program for improvement. Our staff will provide an assessment and offer the solution that best meets your goals for patient care. If you are a hospital provider interested in discussing how SpecialtyCare can help build your ECMO program, contact us today.

*These webinars were presented on June 4, 2020 and June 11, 2020., data and recommendations are subject to change and update