The purpose of this position paper is two-fold: first, to describe the state of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) education worldwide, noting current limitations and challenges; and second, to put forth an educational agenda regarding opportunities for an international collaborative approach towards standardization.
Design and Setting
In 2018, the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Education (ECMOed) Taskforce organized two structured, face-to-face meetings and conducted a review of published literature on ECMO education. Taskforce members generated a consensus statement using an iterative consensus process through teleconferences and electronic communication.
Measurements and Main Results
The ECMOed Taskforce identified seven educational domains that would benefit from international collaborative efforts. Of primary importance, the taskforce outlined actionable items regarding: (1) the creation of a standardized ECMO curriculum; (2) defining criteria for an ECMO course as a vehicle for delivering the curriculum; (3) outlining a mechanism for evaluating the quality of educational offerings; (4) utilizing validated assessment tools in the development of ECMO practitioner certification; and (5) promoting high-quality educational research to guide ongoing educational and competency assessment development.
Significant variability and limitations in global ECMO education exist. In this position paper, we outline a road map for standardizing international ECMO education and practitioner certification. Ongoing high-quality educational research is needed to evaluate the impact of these initiatives.
- Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
- Extracorporeal life support organization