“Comprehensive Hands-On-Training course on ECMO at Narayan Health”
4th- 5th July, 2014
I am glad to share that we have successfully completed our 2nd“Two Days Comprehensive Hands-on-Training course on ECMO” in association with Narayana Health, Bangalore. The program started with the Inaugural ceremony and laid the foundation of having more such courses in the future. Dr. Devi Shetty discussed the importance of ECMO and how it is an integral part of the Intensive and Cardiac Care unit and that each hospital must practice ECMO.
The course was well attended by 40 participants and we had a good mix of surgeons, Intensivist, Cardiac Anesthetist, Perfusionist and Nurses. This program was designed in a different way compare to conventional ECMO courses conducted across India. Over the period of 2 days along with the theory, practical hands on sessions where conducted in 4 groups with 10 participants each. 4 case scenario simulations (VA ECMO and VV ECMO) on a dummy patient was conducted by ECMO Team (Cardiac Surgeon, Cardiac Anesthetist, Perfusionist, Intensivist, ECMO Nurses and Physiotherapist).Senior speakers like Dr. Sandeep Chauhan (AIIMS), Dr. Devananda (Manipal Hospital), Dr. K. Muralidhar (NH), Dr. Natarajan (NH), Dr. Ganesha Iyer (Vikram Hospital), Dr. Rajkumar (Max,Delhi) and Dr. Balakrishnan (Fortis Malar, Chennai) they covered all aspects of VA and VV ECMO therapy and shared their experiences with us.
Dr. Kumar Belani (University of Minnesota) discussed neonatal ECMO Indications and Management
Dr. Balakrishnan presented videos on patient talking to relatives on phone and other patient having breakfast and Physiotherapy while on ECMO.
Dr. Raj Kumar discussed on selection criteria of patient for VV ECMO and presented some of his most complicated cases and its outcome.
Dr. Sandeep Chauhan discussed on selection criteria of patient for VA ECMO and presented his few cases and its outcome.
Dr. Muralidhar discussed about anticoagulation during ECMO
Dr. Ganesha Iyer discussed about how ECMO Program can be initiated in the hospital and how ECMO team plays an integral role in doing successful ECMO.
Dr. Natarajan Rajagopalan discussed about the physiology and pathophysiology of ECMO Support.
Mr. Lognath Desai presented Selection of ECMO Components.
During Simulation good peer to peer discussion was initiated regarding the practicalities of initiating, Maintaining and Weaning of ECMO and how a good coordinated ECMO team can have better outcomes. Each and every participantgot a chance to have hands on ECMO machines.The practical and simulation session was followed by group discussion and clinical case discussion with the exam.
We got a very positive feedback from the participants. It was good learning experience for us and with a huge scope to make it better next time. As suggested by many participants we are planning to have basic and Advance – 2 courses next year.