Gazzato A, Scquizzato T, Franco A, Zangrillo A, Scandroglio AM.
Intensive Crit Care Nurs. 2022 Oct;72:103253. doi: 10.1016/j.iccn.2022.103253. Epub 2022 May 18.
Walking while on ECMO appears safe and feasible. However, it is a complex procedure requiring a multidisciplinary approach and special precautions. Key recommendations for a successful and safe ambulation session include ensuring that the patient is in the condition to sustain walking, confirming cannulas securement and stability, gathering enough staff, and optimizing logistics by removing unnecessary devices or infusions. Moreover, it should always be considered to have a backup chair and get the patient to wear shoes and a mobilisation belt. Further research in this area is needed to develop guidelines and standardize practice.
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Gazzato A, Scquizzato T, Franco A, Zangrillo A, Scandroglio AM. Walking on ECMO support: An analysis of videos shared on social media. Intensive Crit Care Nurs. 2022;72:103253. doi:10.1016/j.iccn.2022.103253