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Livestream of ECPR the Minnesota Way with Demetri Yannopoulos

Demetri Yannopoulos is coming to REANIMATE5

He will be giving a Grand Rounds on the topic:

“The Evolving Role of Cardiorespiratory Support in the field of Cardiac Arrest and Resuscitation. The Evolving Minnesota Model.”

at Sharp Hospital. We want you to virtually join the EDECMO crew to watch this amazing lecture.


March 7, 2018


12:30-1:30pm Pacific Standard Time (3:30-4:30 EST)




EDECMO 42: Organ Transplantation On ECMO

In this episode, we tackle the subject of organ transplantation on ECMO.  2017 featured several articles showing the efficacy of ECMO for organ transplantation.  In Italy, 56% of total potential patients were successfully transplanted.  The success of these transplants have been comparable to patients not on ECMO.  Zack Shinar interviews Lionel Lamhaut, ECMO specialist from Paris, and Cyrus Olsen, ethicist from the University of Scranton, to dive into some of the deeper questions including financial implications, ethical angles, and research extrapolations.  Join Zack, Lionel and Cy at Big Sick 18 ( in Zermatt Switzerland on February 7-9th,, 2018!!


1: Christopher DA, Woodside KJ. Expanding the Donor Pool: Organ Donation After
Brain Death for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Patients. Crit Care Med. 2017
Oct;45(10):1790-1791. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000002633. PubMed PMID: 28915178.

2: Bronchard R, Durand L, Legeai C, Cohen J, Guerrini P, Bastien O. Brain-Dead
Donors on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation. Crit Care Med. 2017
Oct;45(10):1734-1741. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000002564. PubMed PMID: 28640022.

3: Casadio MC, Coppo A, Vargiolu A, Villa J, Rota M, Avalli L, Citerio G. Organ
donation in cardiac arrest patients treated with extracorporeal CPR: A single
centre observational study. Resuscitation. 2017 Sep;118:133-139. doi:
10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.06.001. Epub 2017 Jun 12. PubMed PMID: 28596083.

4: Dalle Ave AL, Bernat JL. Donation after brain circulation determination of
death. BMC Med Ethics. 2017 Feb 23;18(1):15. doi: 10.1186/s12910-017-0173-1.
PubMed PMID: 28228145; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5322624.

5: Larsson M, Forsman P, Hedenqvist P, Östlund A, Hultman J, Wikman A, Riddez L,
Frenckner B, Bottai M, Wahlgren CM. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation improves
coagulopathy in an experimental traumatic hemorrhagic model. Eur J Trauma Emerg
Surg. 2017 Oct;43(5):701-709. doi: 10.1007/s00068-016-0730-1. Epub 2016 Nov 4.
PubMed PMID: 27815579; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5629226.

6: Dalle Ave AL, Shaw DM, Gardiner D. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
assisted cardiopulmonary resuscitation or uncontrolled donation after the
circulatory determination of death following out-of-hospital refractory cardiac
arrest-An ethical analysis of an unresolved clinical dilemma. Resuscitation. 2016
Nov;108:87-94. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2016.07.003. Epub 2016 Jul 20.
Review. PubMed PMID: 27449821.

7: Fan X, Chen Z, Nasralla D, Zeng X, Yang J, Ye S, Zhang Y, Peng G, Wang Y, Ye
Q. The organ preservation and enhancement of donation success ratio effect of
extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in circulatory unstable brain death donor.
Clin Transplant. 2016 Oct;30(10):1306-1313. doi: 10.1111/ctr.12823. Epub 2016 Sep
5. PubMed PMID: 27460305.

8: Jasseron C, Lebreton G, Cantrelle C, Legeai C, Leprince P, Flecher E,
Sirinelli A, Bastien O, Dorent R. Impact of Heart Transplantation on Survival in
Patients on Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation at Listing in
France. Transplantation. 2016 Sep;100(9):1979-87. doi:
10.1097/TP.0000000000001265. PubMed PMID: 27306536.

9: Migliaccio ML, Zagli G, Cianchi G, Lazzeri C, Bonizzoli M, Cecchi A, Anichini
V, Gensini GF, Peris A. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in brain-death organ
and tissues donors: a single-centre experience. Br J Anaesth. 2013
Oct;111(4):673-4. doi: 10.1093/bja/aet323. PubMed PMID: 24027145.

2016 ECMO CPT Codes, RVUs, and MediCare Reimbursement

Ok, so we just crashed an arrested patient onto ECMO and he is going to the cath lab. Now, how do I document the procedure again?  What was the CPT for percutanous cannulation for VA-ECMO?  Does my billing company even know?

Bookmark this page for future quick reference of the current CPT codes, RVU values and MediCare reimbursements.

REANIMATE 4 Mashup Video!

REANIMATE 4 was THE best conference event I've ever had the pleasure to be associated with!  Take a look at this short video mashup of the entire event (and thanks to Jeremy Haywood, our videographer, video editor, and video producer)

For those of you who attended, thank you for bringing your “A-Game”!  Ya'll came prepared and motivated! Your energy and devotion has completely re-energized us!  It was a little bittersweet when we all had to part ways on Friday. But welcome to the REANIMATE family!

If you couldn't make it to “R4”, now's the time to register for REANIMATE 5, which will be March 8-9, 2018 in San Diego.

REANIMATE 4 Video Mashup from Joe Bellezzo on Vimeo.

REANIMATE 5: March 8-9, 2018

REANIMATE 5 will be on March 8-9, 2018 in San Diego, California.

Registration will open on September 21, 2017. Announcements will precede!  But if you want to guarantee a spot at R5, put yourself on the Reanimate 5 Pre-Reg list.  REANIMATE sells out quickly. People are always asking how to guarantee their spot. This is the ‘ticket'!!!

ECMO, ECPR, REBOA, TEE, & Bleeding-Edge Resuscitation

Special Guest Faculty Member: Resuscitationist and interventional cardiologist Demetris Yannopoulos from the University of Minnesota. For more on Demetris' recent contributions to ECPR:

EDECMO 36 – Crushing the Nihilism of Cardiac Arrest – with Demetris Yannopoulos

Crash Episode – MicroDissection of Yannopoulos' ECMO Method

For more information on the Conference:


Don't forget to get your name on the Pre-Registration List for REANIMATE 5 NOW!






Haney Mallemat Endorses REANIMATE 4!


-Haney Mallemat (@CriticalCareNow)


At Castlefest/Resusfest 2017 I caught up with Dr. Haney Mallemat and asked him to opine on our upcoming REANIMATE 4 conference on September 21-22, 2017. Haney did not disappoint! Check it out:


Haney Mallemat endorsing our REANIMATE 4 conference – Sept 21-22, 2017 from Joe Bellezzo on Vimeo.

EDECMO 36 – Crushing the Nihilism of Cardiac Arrest – with Demetris Yannopoulos

…all acute injury to the heart is reversible.


Demetris Yannapoulos
University of Minnesota

In this podcast episode, Zack interviews Demetris Yannopoulos from the University of Minnesota. Demetris has organized Minneapolis into arguably the most impressive ECPR city in the world. He has changed the mindset of out of hospital refractory ventricular fibrillation care from “stay and play”, the philosophy that medics should stay at the scene and provide care until ROSC (return of spontaneous circulation) or until the patient is pronounced dead. In Minneapolis, a patient who who arrests in  Yannopoulos’ catchment area gets three shocks. If the patient does not get ROSC then they are immediately transported to the University of Minnesota using LUCAS mechanical chest compression device. The patient bypasses the emergency department and goes directly to the cath lab. In the cath lab, Demetris, or one of his partners, cannulates and initiates ECMO with an average time of 6 minutes!!! In his first 90 patients he has had a 45% neurologically intact survivorship. Patients are getting to the cath lab on average 60 minutes after their arrest. In this cohort, you would expect a less than 1% survival. We can use Dr. Yannopoulos’ model to expand the use of ECPR in many other systems. The real question is do we have champions like Demetris who will rise to the calling!

#REANIMATE4 Tickets Go On-Sale March 2, 2017!

REANIMATE 4, the World's only Endovascular Resuscitation Conference, is happening again on September 21-22, 2017!  Guest Faculty will include Scott Weingart, Zack Shinar, Joe Bellezzo, Chris Ho, Chris Nickson and STEVEN BERNARD (Yes! STEVE Friggin' BERNARD! — 2002 Bernard Hypothermia trials, CHEER, The Alfred).

To REGISTER, go to:

This Conference sells out within weeks of promotion so don't wait.

Want a taste of REANIMATE Goodness:

Reanimate 2 Highlight Video from Joe Bellezzo on Vimeo.

The Death of Mechanical CPR (mCPR)? Hell No!

Bellezzo was a guest on R.E.B.E.L. EM's podcast episode 34.

Our friends, Salim Rezaie and Anand Swaminathan, do a bangup job of reviewing this recent article, published in December 2016, that suggests that mechanical CPR (mCPR) may be more harmful than manual chest compressions:

  1. Buckler DG et al. Association of Mechanical Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Device Use With Cardiac Arrest Outcomes: A Population-Based Study Using the CARES Registry (Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival). Circulation 2016; 134: 2131 – 2133. PMID: 2799402

Bellezzo showed up to kick the article in the nuts.

Check out the REBEL EM blog and podcast: