Children’s Health recently received designation from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization for its extracorporeal membrane oxygenation course. After a two-year review process, the ELSO formally endorsed the Children’s program, marking the first time a program outside the organization has received designation for its efforts.
According to Children’s Health, the ECMO program trains physicians and ECMO specialists in neonatal, pediatric, and adult extracorporeal life support, which is a special procedure utilizing artificial heart-lung machines to work in place of a human’s heart and lungs when the person’s organs are unable to do so on their own.
The program lasts for three days, and is designed for physicians and ECMO specialists who care for patients suffering from acute respiratory and cardiac failure who are receiving extracorporeal life support. Course participants attend 12 hours of didactic lectures, nine hours of small-group activities, and hands-on simulation sessions during the program.
Children’s Health ECMO program, established since 1989, held its most third annual ECMO training course in March. According to the medical center, the event was held at the simulation lab on its Dallas campus and attracted healthcare participants from across the globe. The current program has expanded to meet the educational needs of not just NICU and PICU providers, but also Adult ECMO providers.
“We are extremely honored to receive this noteworthy endorsement, which further elevates the Children’s Health profile on the national and international stage,” Dr. Lakshmi Raman, medical director of the ECMO program at Children’s Health, told D CEO Healthcare. “Going forward, our program will be called upon to train and mentor other centers working to qualify for the ELSO endorsement.”