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Posted on 21 Feb 2020
Clinical/acute care

A new statewide retrieval and referral model will help improve outcomes for some of the most critically ill patients in Victoria.

Safer Care Victoria, the Department of Health and Human Services, expert clinicians and consumers have developed a new model for safely delivering extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

ECMO, or extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation, is a special form of advanced life support used to treat the sickest Victorians.

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To implement the Victorian ECMO Service, the report proposes:

  • three-tiered system of health services - comprehensive, intermediate or initiation ECMO service
  • a centralised 24-hour consultation and coordination service 
  • all levels of Victorian ECMO services to undergo training to be accredited and meet reporting requirements.

Our response to the ECMO evidence review outlines:

  • Responses to each of the 13 recommendations from the ECMO evidence review
  • Guiding principles that will guide the establishment and operation of the Victorian ECMO Service
  • A proposed operational and governance structures and pathways for the Victorian ECMO Service
  • Details coordination and communication structures and pathways for ECMO referrals, decision making and retrieval
  • Agreed criteria clinicians will use to make decision for individual patients about ECMO
  • Hospital accreditation requirements for services to participate in the Victorian ECMO Service
  • Requirements for credentialing clinicians to care for ECMO patients in Victoria
  • A statewide training program to support credentialing of clinicians. 

Our report is now with the Department of Health and Human Services to manage the implementation of the Victorian ECMO Service.  

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Page last updated: 24 Feb 2020