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Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a short-term therapy that is used for all ages when conventional therapy has failed and the patient has an imminent risk of death. Although this modality is lifesaving, there are known problems of growth and development that are found within the population of survivors that can accompany its use in pediatrics. This practice improvement project implemented the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) guidelines for pediatric post-ECMO follow-up in a development and rehabilitation clinic. Initial implementation was successful but longer evaluation period is necessary to evaluate the true establishment of these guidelines. Many learning opportunities arose during this implementation process. It was learned that flexibility, individual education, and supportive staff could assist in implementation of a new guideline.


Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation; Pediatric--Practice

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NRS 597 - Practice Improvement Project

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Doctoral Project