Current ECMO situation
(only reporting centers)
Information withdrawn from https://epistat.wiv-isp.be/covid/
Weekly Sciensano draws a complete report of the situation, which can be found online. On https://epistat.wiv-isp.be/covid/covid-19.html you can find interactive graphs.
With some work on the numbers we get the following situation: we see a drastic decrease in the amount of patients admitted on ICU but the ECMO patients still leap behind (11/05/2020)
Overview of initiatives
The Belgian Society has set up a Facebook discussion group to share local information, give updates about how thinks are being handled or evolving. Place any question or remark in the group, just pay attention to privacy of patient information.
The group is limited to BelSECT members. If you want to invite someone, pass them the link and they can request to join.
The European Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion has started a chat group in the Twizzit app. Feel free to join, the only requirement is being member of the EBCP. If not, visit the website of the EBCP and discover how to become a board certified perfusiont.
ELSO is providing this website as a resource for centers who may be called on to manage COVID-19 patients. As this is an emerging infectious disease, the scientific data is constantly evolving. The contents of this page will change rapidly as new information develops. For real time updates, please follow ELSO’s social media accounts at Twitter (@ELSOOrg and @ECMOed) and Facebook as well as the ECMOed COVID-19 page.
The European branch of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization has started a small data collection for the COVID patients on ECMO. They have created two files (one in word and one in excel) that you can use to complete and send it back (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org). Every Friday they will send a summary, these can also be found online.
The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) and all of the ELSO worldwide chapters have prepared the document "ELSO Guidance Document: ECMO for COVID-19 Patients with Severe Cardiopulmonary Failure" to describe when and how to use extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in COVID-19 patients during this pandemic. It is a consensus guideline intended for experienced ECMO centers.
The International Organisation Extracorporeal Life Support Organization started a new study. The ExtraCorporeal Membrane Oxygenation for 2019 novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease (ECMOCARD)-study has been created in order to pool data on the ICU management of patients with COVID-19. More information can be found in the linked folder. If your institution wants to participate, they can send an application to email@example.com
Society of Critical Care Medicine
The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is rapidly developing and deploying resources to respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). SCCM has released its Surviving Sepsis Campaign COVID-19 guidelines to manage critically ill adults with COVID-19 in the intensive care unit (ICU). This guideline is expected to be updated as new evidence becomes available. Guideline | Infographic 1 | Infographic 2.
Critical Care for the Non-ICU Clinician (Online Course)
The number of patients is expected to surge in hospitals across the United States, which may result in the need for non-ICU clinicians to care for critically ill patients. Access or share sccm.org/covid19 with those who could benefit from critical care training.
Join the COVID-19 Discussion Group
SCCM’s new e-community is open and discussions are ongoing about COVID-19. Pose questions, get answers, share your experiences, and access new resources. Use the app, website or reply via email. Download the free DiscourseHub app for iOS or Google Play and use community.sccm.org when prompted. Or, visit the web-based site.