How long is ECMO training for respiratory therapist?

Two days (16 hours) of training by Extracorporeal Life Support Organization’s (ELSO) instructors will feature didactic (4 hours) and hands-on clinical modules (12 hours), based upon the ELSO Standards and Guidelines.

Can respiratory therapist do ECMO?

Respiratory therapists are often tapped to serve as ECMO specialists, but working in this role requires extensive training and careful consideration of the psychosocial issues involved.

Who can perform ECMO?

The ECMO machine is controlled by a person called a perfusionist, or a nurse or respiratory therapist with advanced training called an ECMO specialist. The perfusionist or ECMO specialist will adjust the settings on the machine to give the patient the amount of heart and lung support they need.

What is ECMO training?

The ECMO 101 Course is an online, web-based course that addresses basic elements in the delivery of veno-venous (V-V) and veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (V-A ECMO). Topics include physiology, circuitry and technical aspects, related pharmacology, and management of complications.

How do I become an ECMO RT?

The qualifications that you need to become an ECMO specialist include a healthcare degree and specialized training. An ECMO specialist is typically a registered nurse, physician, or respiratory therapist. Physicians need to graduate from medical school and complete a residency program, specializing in respiratory care.

Is there an ECMO certification?

The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) is excited to announce the launch of ELSO Adult ECMO Certification (E-AEC). With the rapid expansion of ECMO application across the globe comes a need for standardized ECMO education to achieve optimal patient care and research.

How long does it take to learn ECMO?

Total learning time is 7-8 hours with knowledge checks at the end of each section. ELSO Foundations course provides individual practitioners up-to-date standards of practice & evidence-based recommendations to optimize clinical decision making.