Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

ECMO therapy is used when a patient has life-threatening heart or lung failure. It involves pumping the patient’s blood through a membrane that acts as an artificial lung to oxygenate it outside the body.

This collection of resources was created by the ECMO team at King’s College Hospital to help staff preparing for the ECMO competency assessment. Self-test workbooks provide immediate feedback on users’ understanding of ECMO physiology, equipment and care, with links to further reading and interactive presentations. The initial modules available are:

  1. Introduction to ECMO: different types of ECMO and their indications and physiology; ECMO equipment; care of ECMO patients and handling complications.
  2. Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps (IABP): Indications for IABP; underlying physiology and care; normal and abnormal waveforms, and troubleshooting.
  3. Invasive Haemodynamic Monitoring: physiology for invasive haemodynamic monitoring; pulmonary artery catheters and other equipment; pulmonary hypertension, oxygen delivery and consumption.

Further modules will include pacing and anticoagulation. 

Anyone interested in learning more about ECMO is also welcome to explore the resources and use the workbooks as a learning aid. 

Simply click on 'Enrol' below to access the resources, or click 'View course' if you are returning to view them again.