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Design and implementation of a modular ECMO simulator

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  • Mohammad Aldisi
  • Abdullah Alsalemi
  • Yahya Alhomsi
  • Ibrahim Ahmed
  • Faycal Bensaali
  • Guillaume Alinier
  • Abbess Amira
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Original languageEnglish
Article number62
Number of pages2
JournalQatar Medical Journal
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2017


Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a high-complexity life-saving procedure riddled with mechanical complications that can place the patient in a critical state where fast and coordinated actions are required to avoid mortality. Thus, patients on ECMO are supervised round the clock by highly trained nurses and perfusionists. Currently, ECMO training programs include patient emergency simulations performed with different levels of success. Some training facilities use mannequins that have computer-controlled physiological parameters such as heart rate and oxygen saturation. The circuit parameters such as pressure are manually adjusted per scenario; air and artificial blood are manually injected to indicate problems such as air embolism, and hypovolemia. 1 Despite being realistic, using an actual ECMO circuit for simulation training purposes has disadvantages such as the use of expensive disposable equipment (oxygenation membrane), lack of oxygenation color differentials, and manual circuit adjustments and injections.


© 2017 The Authors, licensee HBKU Press. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution license CC BY 4.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided theoriginal work is properly cited. Aldisi M, Alsalemi A, Alhomsi Y, Ahmed I, Bensaali F, Alinier G, Amira A., 'Design and implementation of a modular ECMO simulator', Qatar Medical Journal, 4th Annual ELSO-SWAC Conference Proceedings 2017:62


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