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In specialist centres, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a now a mainstay of the management of cardio/respiratory failure refractory to other measures. However, much of the clinical information required to care for ECMO patients at the bedside remains inaccessible to learners. To address this, the creation of a free-to-access educational ECMO blog post is now a requirement for completion of the Alfred ICU ECMO Accreditation Certificate. These “Everything ECMO” blog posts are created by ICU Senior Registrars, Fellows, and Consultants and are peer-reviewed by one or more ECMO specialists from the Alfred ICU.
This has culminated in a high quality, peer-reviewed collection of resources for learning ECMO using a fictionalized case-based Q&A format. Indeed, the blog that curates the series, INTENSIVE, was recently assessed as among the “top ten” critical care educational websites in the world using the Critical Care Medical Education Website Quality Evaluation Tool (CCMEWQET) (Wolbrink et al, 2018).
The first twenty posts of this “Everything ECMO” series are linked below:
001 — Persistent hypoxaemia on VV ECMO
002 — VV ECMO ventilation and weaning
003 — An ECMO earthquake? (access insufficiency)
004 — Why is the bag turning red? (haemolysis)
005 — Cardiac arrest on VV ECMO
006 — Access insufficiency is just the beginning… (complications of VV ECMO and necrotizing pneumonia)
007 — What is different about hypoxia on VA ECMO? (differential hypoxia aka Harlequin Syndrome)
008 — Weaning from VA ECMO
009 — Differential hypoxia in reverse?! (pseudo-differential hypoxia and reverse differential hypoxia)
010 — Keep calm and cannulate! (ECMO cannulation)
011 — Go with the flow (High-flow VV ECMO configuration)
012 — Turn and face the circuit… ch-ch-change it! (ECMO circuit change)