- Intensive Care NSW has developed a suite of resources to support the delivery of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation services (ECMO) in NSW. ECMO is a modified heart-lung machine that provides lung and/or heart support in patients with extreme organ dysfunction. It is a highly specialised service provided in specialist tertiary intensive care units, where clinicians with expertise in ECMO are available to support the initiation, ongoing management and post-ECMO patient care. The following resources are available:
- ECMO services in NSW – Adult patients: Clinical Practice Guide
- ECMO services – Adult patients: Organisational Model of Care
- ECMO retrieval services in NSW – Neonatal and paediatric patients: Evidence series rapid review
- ECMO retrieval services – Neonatal and paediatric patients: Organisational Model of Care
- In response to COVID-19 and limitations placed on hospital visiting, the Intensive Care Virtual Communication project supported the provision of iPads as a way for families to communicate with their loved ones and ICU clinicians. A collaboration between the ACI and eHealth, the project successfully rolled out two iPads to 38 adult intensive care units and three paediatric intensive care units in NSW. Having the access to these devices in ICUs was a positive experience for families, locally and interstate.
- ICNSW has established two new advisory groups to support key initiatives:
- ECMO Advisory Group with Co-Chair, Dr Peter McCanny, Intensive Care Staff Specialist from Liverpool ICU; and Ms Elaine McGloin, Clinical Nurse Consultant from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital ICU.
- Paediatric Intensive Care Advisory Group with Co-Chair Dr Corrine Balit, Director of Paediatric Intensive Care, John Hunter Hospital; and Ms Vicky Smith, Clinical Nurse Consultant from Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, Paediatric Intensive Care.
Find out more about Intensive Care NSW.