STS ECMO Symposium

ECMO for Heart and Lung Support in Adults:
From Basics to Mastery

May 30-31, 2014
Renaissance O’Hare

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Course Description
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is becoming increasingly invaluable in cardiothoracic surgical programs to support the failing heart and/or lung. A successful ECMO program utilizes a multidisciplinary team with a clear understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of ECMO. The team has the ability to manage coagulopathy, understand the indications and contraindications for ECMO use, and overcome technical nuances of ECMO implementation.

This 1.5 day course will cover patient selection, how to manage patients on ECMO, advances in ECMO technology, and the multidisciplinary approach. Instructors will address the roles of cardiothoracic surgeons, perfusionists, ICU nurses, and intensivists, as well as describe how their respective skills provide synergy in a successful ECMO program. The course will also include a hands-on component that will help participants perform ECMO.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to: 

  • Identify appropriate patient selection for ECMO by learning its indications and contraindications
  • Discuss the different techniques and strategies for initiation of ECMO
  • Explain the physiology and pathophysiology of ECMO
  • Describe how to optimally manage the patient on ECMO
  • Explain when and how to decannulate the patient on ECMO



   STS Physician Members     $700     
   STS Associate, Candidate, and Pre-Candidate Members     $300
   Non-Member Physicians     $900
   Non-Member Residents, Medical Students, and Allied Health     $400


Accreditation Statement:
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement:
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.