Foundation course (introductory) in ECLS/ECMO

Format: Virtual 
Dates: 8-9 March, 2023


Daniel DE BACKER MD, PHD Head of Intensive Care and Emergency Departments, CHIREC Hospitals, Belgium, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

Leen VERCAEMST RN, ECCP, University Hospital Leuven, Belgium, EBCP-EuroELSO Liaison, Member of the EBCP Scientific Committee & EuroELSO Steering Committee

Endorsement: EuroELSO and ESICM

The novelty for 2023 is the progressive approach for better integration of what is being learnt in ECLS/ECMO, offering our participants the possibility to choose based on their needs, skill and aims. 

Shall you wish to study ECMO/ECLS, ECMO circuit, canulation for adult cardiac & respiratory ECMO, anticoagulation on ECMO, as well as fundamentals on ECMO for Adult Respiratory & Cardiac Failure, join us in this Foundation course (introductory). The course will bring together a panel of worldwide known EuroELSO & ESICM experts and you may complement it at a later stage with The Master course (integration and simulation) and a Focus session (integration and simulation) in ECLS/ECMO.

After registering for the event, ensure you access the pre-course materials available for study in the dedicated online classroom on the ESICM Academy. Please note that ONLY registered participants can access the dedicated classroom.

This e-Course is part of a joint EuroELSO & ESICM programme to provide specialised training in extracorporeal techniques to healthcare professionals interested in the field. Certificates may be validated at EuroELSO on the path to the ELSO Adult ECMO Practitioner Certification (E-AEC).

IMPORTANT! A total of 10 places will be offered for FREE to participants coming from Low and Lower Middle-Income Countries (LMIC), as per the World Bank classification. If you are interested to apply for an LMIC place, send us your letter of interest and CV to Applicants will be selected based on gender equity, equitable geographical representation, levels of expertise, with special attention to multidisciplinarity and interprofessionalism. Deadline for LMIC applications: February 12, 2023. 

Foundation course (introductory) in ECLS/ECMO, 08/03/2023-09/03/2023 has been granted 10 European CME credits by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®).

  • To better care for your patients requiring ECMO
  • To develop and enhance your clinical skills in managing these complex patients
  • To learn from experts in the field and grow your professional network
  • Describe the different modes of ECMO support.
  • List the key milestones in the development of ECMO.
  • Define the main components of an ECMO circuit.
  • Describe the differences in ECMO cannula design.
  • List anticoagulation strategies on ECMO.
  • Provide an overview of respiratory failure.
  • List the indications and contraindications for VV ECMO support.
  • Describe the steps in initiating a patient onto VV ECMO.
  • Describe titration of blood flow and gas flow to achieve adequate support on VV ECMO.
  • Define and identify recirculation.
  • Provide an overview of cardiac failure.
  • List the indications and contraindications for VA ECMO support.
  • Describe the steps for initiating a patient.
  • Describe vasopressor use and blood flow titration for cardiovascular support.
  • What is ECMO/ECLS?
  • Historical growth
  • The ECMO circuit
  • Canulation for adult cardiac & respiratory ECMO
  • Anticoagulation on ECMO
  • ECMO for Adult Respiratory Failure
  • ECMO for Adult Cardiac Failure
  • Physicians involved or interested in ECMO
  • Perfusionists and Nurses involved in ECMO or interested in respiratory vs circulatory support

Highlights of previous sessions


We are proud of this joint educational action with EuroELSO, which provided specialised training in extracorporeal techniques to 101 participants from 29 countries by leveraging 2D Virtual Reality and other interactive formats! See what participants liked most about the first edition of this innovative e-Master Class:

  • Terrific two days. Wonderful interaction. See you in Madrid and/or London!
  • This masterclass should be mandatory for everyone, who takes care ECMO patients, holistic, it was awesome.
  • Thanks a lot for sharing knowledge and experience. Looking forward to seeing you in London!
  • I am very glad to learn so much from such a great team. I am already enrolled in the hands-on workshop in Madrid next May. Thank you so much!
  • Thank you all for this spectacular course



Master Course in ECLS/ECMO

Level 3.1: apply what you have learned

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Focus Session in ECLS/ECMO

Level 3.2: integrate and simulate 

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