EDECMO 41 – The 3 Stages of ECPR – Diane’s Story

[The original EDECMO 41 post had to be taken down…for reasons beyond our control! But here is the new and improved Episode 41]

In this episode Zack and Joe discuss the 3-stages of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) – or put another way, this is how to start Extracorporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (ECPR) in the Emergency Department (ED). It’s been 4 years since we talked about these basic premises of ECPR. But this time, its highlighted in a very special story.

The Three Stages of ECPR:

  1. Placement of any commercially available catheters into the femoral artery and femoral vein.
    • Ultrasound-guided percutaneous access is our preference, but cutdown is also considered.  This is done in every patient, every time, and is done in parallel to ongoing ACLS. Transduce the arterial line to guide resuscitation and use the venous line for resuscitation purposes.
  2. Transition to ECMO cannulas
    • Using guidewires (we prefer the Amplatz Super Stiff 145 cm .038″ teflon coated floppy tip wires), remove the catheters placed in Stage 1, perform serial dilation, and place ECMO cannulas
  3. Initiate the ECMO pump
    • Perform ‘underwater seal’ using crystalloid, which closes the circuit.  The circuit is de-aired and the pump is started.  Increase the RPM to 1500 and remove the clamps.  Inspect the circuit and troubleshoot any issues.

3 stages. 3 steps.

You can find a whole lot more on our ECPR 3 stages page.

EVEN BETTER! If you are interested in learning all about ED ECMO, with hands-on simulators, Wold-renowned ECMO educators, REBOA, ECPR, computer simulation, check out the REANIMATE conference site or go directly to the REANIMATE registration page!!

 

Diane’s Story:

November 30, 2017: Diane suffered ventricular fibrillation (VF) cardiac arrest and collapsed…just outside the ED doors.  CPR was started immediately by an ED nurse. After 32 minutes of failed Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), with human and mechanical chest compressions, she remained in refractory VF.

Our Emergency Physician-initiated ECMO (ED-ECMO) protocol was initiated using the ‘3 stages of ECMO.’   Diane was ‘on pump’ in 32 minutes, taken to the cath lab, and had her 95% LAD lesion stented by Interventional Cardiologist Arvin Narula.

Diane went home with her family and friends on December 13, 2017.  Listen to the episode to hear the details…

Diane’s Widowmaker

 

 

Dr. Narula, Interventional Cardiology

Joe and Diane

Diane with Casey Gwynn and sister Joanne

Dr. Eads and Diane

Zack Shinar, Diane, and Jessica

Bellezzo And Diane

EDECMO 37 – Nate’s Story

Jake is an Emergency Physician from Santa Cruz California whose interest in resuscitation was put to the fullest test when his own son had a cardiac arrest. This is the amazing retelling of that day in November when what Jake learned in an EDECMO workshop was utilized in a dramatic fashion. This is a story of two heros: Jake and his son Nate.

EDECMO 33a – “Bringing Down the House” by Zack Shinar (from RESUSfest 2016)

In this episode of the EDECMO podcast, Zack describes how to use the concept of ‘TEAM PLAY”, much like the gang from the classic novel “Bringing Down the House” by Ben Mezrich, to optimize outcomes after cardiac arrest….with, or without, ECPR.

Zack’s tips for running a code:

  1. Proper, high-quality CPR
  2. The choreography of running a code
  3. Let your nurses run the code
  4. CPR Alfresco (transitioning the patient from EMS gurney to hospital gurney IN THE AMBULANCE BAY)

Upcoming EVENTS:

REANIMATE 3 Conference: March 2-3, 2017 (sold out! but click the link to go to the wait list)

REANIMATE 4 Conference: September 21-22, 2017  (registration will open on March 21, 2017. Add your name to the REANIMATE wait list for first chance at R4 tickets)

Castlefest 2017: April 10-14, 2017

Resusfest 2017: April 13-14, 2017

Essentials of Emergency Medicine 2017 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada: May 16-18, 2017

 

Bringing Down the House: