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ECMO transport simulation

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  • Guillaume Alinier
  • Arzak Ahmed
  • Brian Racela
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Original languageEnglish
Article number60
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalQatar Medical Journal
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2017


Transfer and retrieval of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) patients is an aspect of a severe respiratory failure (SRF) service, which has generally low volume and high risk thus necessitating attention to particular safety measures. One of the key aspects in preventing patient safety issues and minimising risks of harm during the transportation of an ECMO patient is to develop a well-prepared multiprofessional team. This is the key area where simulation can play a very important role in various stages of a patient care pathway. There is much more to ECMO patient transfer and retrieval than one may suspect as it involves a referral, a lot of planning regarding activation, tasking, transporting, and disposing of the patient at the receiving facility, all of which should be done collaboratively and maintaining open and high communication standards to prevent mishaps.


© 2017 Alinier, Hamed, Racela, 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 the original work is properly cited. Alinier G, Hamed A, Racela B., 'ECMO transport simulation', Qatar Medical Journal, 4th Annual ELSO-SWAC Conference Proceedings 2017:60


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