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cardiac failure, cardiogenic shock, Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), respiratory failure, veno-arterial ECMO (VA ECMO), veno-venous ECMO (VV ECMO)



  1. Bergeron, Amanda MSN, AGACNP-BC
  2. Holifield, Linda MSN, AGACNP-BC


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