ECLS & Emergency Departments

Editor’s Note: A colleague of mine, Michael, asked me during a conversation if there was any information out there regarding the increased frequency or use of ECLS systems throughout the emergency departments in hospitals across the US.  Interestingly enough, I find myself later in the day, monitoring one of these devices in vivo. Below is […]

Unexpected Air: An ECMO Discussion

Editor’s Note: I was on FB and was visiting the Malaysian Perfusion Page, monitoring a discussion regarding venous air entrainment in an ECMO circuit, and the efforts made to save the patient.  This a true emergency, and with a closed system, much more difficult to resolve. The discussion however is what captured my interest because […]

Perfusion Art: The ECMO Wishbone

“The ECMO Wishbone“ ___ __Click image to enlarge- Photographer:  Nadia Azuero, BS, CCP Equipment:  Digital:  5S Iphone Editing:  By ‘Surfers:  Saturation Narrative:  The bifurcation of the arterial line for a bridge: ECMO:  “Make a wish” Time & Place:  Estados Unidos About The Artist: Nadia is a Solo Perfusion Contractor, and is currently transitioning to become a physician.  […]

CARDIOHELP: An In-Service for MD’s, Perfusionists, & Nurses

Click Image to visit CARDIOHELP website Editor’s Note: We are looking at a new system to integrate into our ECMO program, and today we had an in-service from MAQUET, who owns, distributes, and supports the CARDIOHELP ECLS system. This was a 3.5 hour in-service designed to educate physicians, perfusionists, and nurses.  It was offered for three […]

PICU Nursing: Honing Your ECMO Skills

Editor’s Note: So I was @ Women’s & Children’s Hospital – here in West Texas, doing some platelet gel cases, when I decided to drop by the PICU to visit friends I hadn’t seen in awhile. The PICU staff was pretty thin- so I asked where everybody was- and found out they were conducting an ECMO wet […]

Plz Take This Survey: The impact of Influenza on Your ECMO Program for 2013-2014

  The impact of Influenza on Your ECMO Program for 2013-2014 Can you please take this short eight question survey on the impact of the recent influenza season on your ECMO program. We will share the results. Click link below to take this survey: = Thank you. David Palanzo, CCP, LP Penn State Hershey […]

Roundworms & ECMO ? Any Advice, Experience, or Literature?

Editor’s Note: I got an email from a perfusion colleague regarding the impact (if any) of roundworms on the oxygenator for an ECMO run. Please help?  Any information- please forward to the comments section of this blog post, my email, or  Amanda’s email who is running the ECMO. Very much appreciated 🙂 Hey Frank, Do […]

The Avalon Bi-Caval Dual Lumen Catheter

Have you used a percutaneous venous cannula like this? The AVALONELITE :  Bi-Caval Dual Lumen Catheter (Click image to visit website) A Discussion on Cannula Positioning Proper cannula positioning in single site veno-venous extracorporeal life support (vv-ELS) is cumbersome and necessitates image guidance to obtain a safe and stable position within the heart and the […]

And Then Comes Sunday …

24 Hours… of ECMO New Beginnings   (To view the entire “Day In The Life” series Click Here) Jesse Shipman struggles to do a stretch during a therapy session with occupational therapist Megan Taylor at TrustPoint Hospital in Lubbock, Texas Tuesday, June 12, 2011. (Miranda Grubbs/ Lubbock Avalanche-Journal) To view the entire “Day In The […]

H1N1- ARDS- & ECMO (Current Literature)

Editors Note: A big thank you to Marianne Veir Pilger, CCP, and her colleague John @ Meriter Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin for helping out so quickly and hooking us up with the below listed articles on ECMO management for ARDS and H1N1. This is something we are all facing- so I hope it helps. Again- […]


Click images to enlarge Editors Note: I got an email from my overseas friend, Dario Fichera, an Italian perfusionist that is very involved in the international perfusion community. (Dario has been involved in perfusion mission work to Africa .) Below are some pictures of a mobile ECMO (Street ECMO) emergency aid station that the Italians […]

An Italian ECMO Transport

Click image to view source article Editor’s Note: I don’t know a lick of Italian, but the pictures were cool, the article was on an Italian perfusion FB group page, the concept is universal, and I wanted to put out an article in Italian to express the flexibility of this Circuit Surfers blog. It’s for […]