ECMO Workshop


ECMO Cannulation is the first and essential step that should be mastered in order to initiate the ECMO support safely. This one day course will cover all aspects of cannulation from choosing the site of cannulation, the type of required cannulae, steps of cannulation procedure, to the care of cannulae and how to anticipate complications. The educational format includes didactic lectures and high-fidelity simulation. The lectures include how to prepare for cannulation, human factors and current practice of cannulation. Hands-on training will enable to plan, prepare and practice cannulations in different modalities and situations. High-fidelity simulation will allow to practice cannulation in an immersive scenario by translating knowledge and skills acquired during the didactic lectures and hands-on. Experienced faculty and instructors will enforce the educational objectives of the lectures by facilitating discussions on risk management, leadership, critical thinking, situation awareness and inter-professional team-work.

Learning objectives
1. Understand the different steps of ECMO cannulation
2. Differentiate indications of different ECLS supports
3. Plan and prepare the equipment and support needed by the ECMO team for cannulation
4. Anticipate the complications related to cannulation
5. Define the specific cares of ECMO cannulae

Who should attend?
• Physicians working in: Critical care – Cardiothoracic surgery – Emergency medicine – Cardiology
• ECMO Specialists – Critical Care Nurses – Perfusionists
• Anyone who is involved in the care of ECMO patients


09:00 – 09:20 ECMO Cannulation Modalities
ECMO Consultant
09:20 – 09:40 Preparation and Equipment for Cannulation
09:40 – 10:00 ECMO Cannulation Procedure/ Environment
ECMO Consultant
10:00 – 10:15 Panel Q&A
10:15 – 10:30 COFFEE BREAK
10:30 – 11:30 Hands On I: 4 Groups in 20 minutes in 4 stations with rotations
11:30 – 12:30 LUNCH BREAK
12:30 – 13:30 Hands On II: 4 Groups in 20 minutes in 4 stations with rotations
13:30 – 13:50 Complications of Cannulation and Cannulee Cares
ECMO Consultant
13:50 – 14:00 Introduction to Simulation and Equipment
14:00 – 14:40 First Scenario and Debriefing
14:40 – 14:50 COFFEE BREAK
14:50 – 15:30 Second Scenario and Debriefing
15:30 – 15:45 Group Discussion: Lessons Learnt and Closure

Registration Fees: 50 USD


Kindly note that registration is limited to 2 people from the same institution
as places are limited and are on first come, first serve basis
only paid registrations are considered confirmed.