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The use of extracorporeal membranous oxygenation (ECMO) to treat severe adult cardiac and respiratory failure has increased in the past decade, due to supportive evidence, advances in extra-corporeal technology, and increased clinical experience.

In 2011, University Hospital Geelong implemented a structured ECMO program. This included Intensivist training in cannulation and care for the ECMO patient, nurse credentialing in maintenance of ECMO, updating equipment, establishing a formal relationship with a high-volume ECMO service, and regular audit cycle. Our service provides both veno-veno and veno-arterial ECMO services, and now performs more than 15 ECMO runs per year.

Last Modified: Monday, 07 May 2018