Extracorporeal Life Support in Adult Critical Care

An ELSO Course
Thomas Jefferson University
August 22-25, 2018
Philadelphia, PA


ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) is a complex and intensive mechanical therapy offered to patients with cardio-respiratory failure.  This intense four day course is designed to train healthcare professionals to care for patients with severe respiratory or cardiac failure requiring ECMO support.  All elements of veno-venous and veno-arterial ECMO support will be considered and reviewed.

Course content includes indications and contraindications, cannulation techniques, initiation of support, patient and circuit physiology of ECMO, programmatic design and management, and all aspects of patient management and decision making for patients on ECMO. Complementing the twelve hour didactic course is an eighteen hour high fidelity simulation lab with an ECMO circuit utilizing centrifugal pump technology. In the conference simulation workshop, small groups will participate in scenarios reviewing emergency procedures and highlighting adult ECMO physiology with a learner to instructor ratio of 2:1. Simulation education will allow participants to develop skills in common bedside procedures and to learn key assessments for decision making by "hands on" experience. The course is appropriate for centers setting up new programs, or for existing centers expanding into adult services.



At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:


List the indications and contraindications for ECMO support
List the different modes of ECMO support
List circuit components and describe their function
Understand the physiology of VV and VA ECMO
Assess the adequacy of support for VV and for VA ECMO
Describe the process of ECMO weaning for VV and VA ECMO
Manage and troubleshoot the ECMO Circuit



Comments from our past courses:

  • Great faculty. Small group size is excellent. Content was pitched at the appropriate level.
  • Excellent lectures and simulations
  • The course was excellent. All lectures are very informative and simulation lab was great. In addition, the dinner with round table discussions was great. I was able to talk with lots of people and exchange opinions and getting connections with other institutions. Thank you!
  • Excellent. Simulations were very good and very useful.
  • Brilliant, professional, detailed given with much care, warmth by excellent people.
  • Simulation sessions - super! This was great for me. I had no prior experience, so learned a great deal. Best parts were simulations and case discussions, which I could never have gotten with reading alone.


Registration per person is $3,500

Registration includes the ECMO Specialist Training Manual and the ELSO Red Book


CME Information

Satisfactory completion 

Participants must complete an evaluation form to receive a certificate of completion.  Your chosen sessions must be attended in their entirety.  Partial credit of individual sessions is not available. NOTE: If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed below, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board to determine course eligibility for your licensing/certification requirement.  



In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and Extracorporeal Life Support Organization.  Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statement – Amedco LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 20.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 


Hotel information

Holiday Inn Express Midtown-Philadelphia
1305 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19107

$159 plus tax per night.  This includes wifi and breakfast.


You may either call the above number and specify you are with the ELSO blcok or use the link below.

Holiday Inn Express Midtown-Philadelphia



email: ecmotraining@elso.org

Phone: 734-998-6600

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