Crash Episode: Iowa OHCA ECMO Save – with Andrew Karl Terry

Crash Episode – This is a great example of where a little persistence with your colleagues can help save someone's life.  Dr. Andrew Karl Terry, having had only limited exposure to ECMO, was able to encourage his Cardiologists to put a witnessed VF patient on ECMO.  The rest is history!

Crash Episode – MicroDissection of Yannopoulos’ ECMO Method

In ep. 36, Zack interviewed Demetris Yannopoulos on the amazing ECPR experience at University of Minnesota. In this crash episode, I reinterview Dr. Yannopoulos on the intricacies of how cannulates.

Some Highlights

  • Uses amplatz super-stiff with 1cm J-tip
  • arterial puncture first
  • dilates with 12 and 14 for artery and 16 and 18 for vein
  • places venous cannula first
  • 25 F venous cannula
  • places arterial 15 F in females and 17 F in males empirically (different than publication)
  • Dilates tracts with kelly
  • Starts flow at 2.5 50% fio2 and ramps up