How do I get ECMO certified?

We do not have an education requirement to become an ECMO specialist, but you do need to hold the RRT-NPS credential. You must meet our institution’s requirements of a respiratory therapist level II, then complete an in-house ECMO training program and all associated competencies.

What is ECMO certification?

Adult Certified ECMO Specialist™ (CES-A™) Job Description The ECMO Specialist is an integral member of the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) service team working primarily in intensive care units and participating in the transport of ECMO patients between care areas.

How long does it take to get ECMO certified?

Signed attestation from your institution verifying completion of a minimum of 16-32 proctored hours (or 2 – 4 ECMO days) followed by a minimum of one 8-hour shift (or one day) every 8 weeks, for an average of 56 hours (or eight days) of ECMO patient care per year for a minimum of 6 months.

How long is ECMO specialist training?

ECMO training varies and can range from a three-day course to extensive on-the-job training. For example, the University of Virginia Health System provides on-the-job ECMO specialist training, which takes several months to complete and includes classroom and practical coursework.

Who can run an ECMO machine?

The ECMO machine is controlled by a person called a perfusionist, or a nurse or respiratory therapist with advanced training called an ECMO specialist. The perfusionist or ECMO specialist will adjust the settings on the machine to give the patient the amount of heart and lung support they need.

What is a ECMO specialist?

The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) defines the specialist as “the technical specialist trained to manage the ECMO system and clinical needs of the patient on ECMO under direction and supervision of an ECMO trained physician”.

Can nurses ECMO?

An ECMO nurse is a highly specialized role in the nursing field, and there are many collaborating healthcare professionals that care for ECMO patients; including critical care physicians and respiratory therapists.

Who performs ECMO?

What does an ECMO specialist do?

The responsibilities of an ECMO specialist involve managing the ECMO system while it is in use. You help plan respiratory care and work with nurses and physicians to test the patient’s functions. Your other duties include monitoring the patient and making adjustments if needed.

Is an ECMO machine a ventilator?

How does ECMO differ from a ventilator? A ventilator moves air in and out of the lungs when you are unable to get enough oxygen on your own. An ECMO machine circulates your blood through a machine to exchange carbon dioxide and deliver oxygen.

Who can perform ECMO?

Do ICU nurses do ECMO?

Critical care nurses with the knowledge and ability to identify complications of ECMO can potentially reduce morbidity and mortality in these high-acuity patients. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is increasingly being used with adult patients in respiratory failure or cardiac failure.