My program is working on ECMO transport with our local children's hospital (we are not hospital-based). We fly FW in a Lear 31A and RW in an EC135 and A109E. The facility will be providing the Cardiohelp device. Several other local hospitals are in the process of developing their own programs using the Cardiohelp and we anticipate the potential for more ECMO transport in the future. The idea is to transport surgeon and team to the referring, cannulate and then return the patient to the facility.
We do not currently have access to larger aircraft or the full resources that a hospital-based program offers (like Arkansas Children's or Michigan), so those comparisons are less useful.
What team configurations are people using?
What training did your flight crew receive?
Have you transported in a small/mid-sized RW? How did it work for you?
Have you partnered with a separate agency for ECMO services? How did you split the responsibilities?
Any other comments or suggestions are welcome.