LearnTransfusion Seminar

Journal Club: Transfusion Support for Patients on ECMO


Event details

Presented by

Dr. Marc Bienz
Transfusion Medicine Physician Trainee
University of Toronto, Toronto

Learning objectives

  1. Briefly go over the history of ECMO
  2. Discuss the most recent data on RBC thresholds for patients on ECMO
  3. Review recommendations for transfusion of platelet and plasma products


  1. Transfusion practice in patients receiving VV ECMO (PROTECMO): a prospective, multicentre, observational study.  Martucci G, Schmidt M, Agerstrand C, Tabatabai A, Tuzzolino F, Giani M, Ramanan R, Grasselli G, Schellongowski P, Riera J, Hssain AA, Duburcq T, Gorjup V, De Pascale G, Buabbas S, Gannon WD, Jeon K, Trethowan B, Fanelli V, Chico JI, Balik M, Broman LM, Pesenti A, Combes A, Ranieri MV, Foti G, Buscher H, Tanaka K, Lorusso R, Arcadipane A, Brodie D; International ECMO Network (ECMONet).  Lancet Respir Med. 2022 Oct 11:S2213-2600(22)00353-8. doi: 10.1016/S2213-2600(22)00353-8. Online ahead of print.  PMID: 36240836
  2. Restrictive and liberal transfusion strategies in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: A retrospective observational study.  Ng PY, Chan HCV, Ip A, Ling L, Chan KM, Leung KHA, Chan KCK, So D, Shum HP, Ngai CW, Chan WM, Sin WC.  Transfusion. 2022 Dec 13. doi: 10.1111/trf.17221. Online ahead of print.  PMID: 36511445


Note: The session is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.





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The LearnTransfusion series is the seminar component of the Areas of Focused Competency (AFC)-Diploma Program in Transfusion Medicine. The series, organized by Canadian Blood Services, is also open to all practitioners in the field of Transfusion Medicine. Through a series of regular webinars, trainees and practitioners are exposed to various scientific, technical and clinical aspects of transfusion medicine.