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Bedside veno-venous ECMO cannulation
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  • Domenico Calcaterra,
  • Beth Heather,
  • Louis Kohl,
  • Heidi Erickson,
  • Mathhew Prekker
Domenico Calcaterra
Bethesda Heart Hospital Baptist South Florida
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Beth Heather
Hennepin County Medical Center
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Louis Kohl
Hennepin County Medical Center
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Heidi Erickson
Hennepin County Medical Center
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Mathhew Prekker
Hennepin County Medical Center
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Abstract

Patient selection and cannulation arguably represent the key steps for the successful implementation of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) support. Cannulation is traditionally performed in the operating room or the catheterization laboratory for a number of reasons, including physician preference and access to real-time imaging, with the goal of minimizing complications and ensuring appropriate cannula positioning. Nonetheless, the patients’ critical and unstable conditions often require emergent initiation of ECMO and preclude the safe transport of the patient to a procedural suite. Therefore, with the objective of avoiding delay with initiation of therapy and reducing the hazard of transport, we implemented a protocol for bedside ECMO cannulation. In the current pandemic, this strategy may have additional benefits for the care of patients with refractory acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) due to COVID-19 decreasing risk of healthcare worker or other patients exposure to the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus occurring during patient transport, preparation, or during disinfection of the procedural suite and the transportation pathway after ECMO cannulation.

Peer review status:ACCEPTED

18 Apr 2020Submitted to Journal of Cardiac Surgery
21 Apr 2020Submission Checks Completed
21 Apr 2020Assigned to Editor
21 Apr 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
23 Apr 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
23 Apr 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
28 Apr 20201st Revision Received
02 May 2020Submission Checks Completed
02 May 2020Assigned to Editor
02 May 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
06 May 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
06 May 2020Editorial Decision: Accept