Power Hour Breakout

G4 — ECMO and Vascular Access : Everything You Need to Know

Sunday, September 16
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: C170
Presentation CE Credits: 1

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) is a life saving cardiopulmonary support system which has had significant recent growth due to increased clinical experience and positive clinical research results. These patients tend to be some of the most clinically challenging with multiple simultaneous medical issues and significant needs for longer term vascular access management. ECMO patients tend to require significant levels of anticoagulation potentially impacting the timing of insertion and removal of lines. Due to the intensity of care and the need for regular lab monitoring, line access is more frequent than typical ICU patients. Insertion site choice may be limited due to prior attempts and competition with current life saving technology. It is important for the vascular access specialist to understand the basic function of ECMO and how this support system can impact our approach to vascular access device choice and management. This session will review all the relevant issues associated with vascular access for these complex, critically ill patients.

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Gregory Schears, MD

Mayo Clinic

Dr. Gregory J Schears, MD is a physician working at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He completed his Pediatric residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis MO. his Anesthesiology residency, Pediatric Anesthesiology fellowship and Pediatric Critical Care fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD. He was recruited to Mayo Clinic in 1991 from the Children's Hospital of Philadenphia to start their ECMO program and participate in the Congential Heart ICU and multi-specialty ORs. He has an over 30 year interest in understanding and improving our approach to vascular access. He has given hundreds of lectures locally, nationally and internationally and helps to lead the nurse PICC team at Mayo Clinic.


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