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Cost effective ECMO simulation

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Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Cardiac Critical Care
Journal publication date25 Jun 2018
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 25 Jun 2018


This invited review article was presented orally on the occasion of the South West Asian Chapter conference of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) held in New Delhi in January 2018. It has an educational focus on the topic of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), which is increasingly being used as a lifesaving bridge therapy. A case is being made regarding the adage “practice makes perfect” having first being to be
considered in the context of simulation-based education to ensure patient safety. Technology-enhanced simulation-based deliberate practice should be used more commonly
to support clinicians in the development of their all the professional skills. This is an ethical imperative that may be addressed using low-cost simulation modalities that are sometimes proven to be as effective as more expensive approaches. Educators can now design their programmes according to published best practice standards for the benefit of their learners, and ultimately the patients they care for. Simulation-based education has clearly a place and important role to play in preparing ECMO teams dealing with routine procedures as well as emergency situations. A number of solution and approaches are being presented alongside innovative work currently being done in collaboration between a regional ELSO centre of excellence and an academic institution. This innovative simulator is composed of several modules serving different functions required for the simulation of ECMO emergencies at a
much lower cost than using the real machine and its various expensive disposable components.

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