Pediatric extracorporeal life support systems: Education and training at penn state hershey children's hospital

Robert McCoach, Bonnie Weaver, Elizabeth Carney, J. Brian Clark, Linda Pauliks, Yulong Guan, Feng Qiu, Dennis Chang, Deborah Reed-Thurston, John L. Myers, Akif Ündar

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The following is a description of the training offered to extracorporeal life support (ECLS)-trained staff at the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. Changes with the ECLS circuit prompted the need for an initiative to train staff in the care of patients requiring ECLS support. In addition to didactic material, we incorporated a "hands-on" approach in designing the education. During the didactic portion, the circuit was demonstrated as a wet lab. The final step offered a voluntary visit to the animal research facility utilizing clinical case scenarios which allowed participants to articulate and demonstrate proper circuit management. The effort throughout this process was to build a competent ECLS team which will ultimately provide our patients with the greatest chance for a full recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1023-1026
Number of pages4
JournalArtificial organs
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2010


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering

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