The simulation of an ex utero intrapartum procedure to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation

Tamika C. Auguste, J. Aidan Boswick, Mary K. Loyd, Alexis Battista

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We report a case of using simulation to aid in the performance of ex utero intrapartum treatment (EXIT) procedure to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). A primigravid with a fetus who was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome was scheduled for an EXIT to ECMO procedure to be done by members of her obstetrical and neonatal teams. It would be the first time any of the members of the 2 teams would work together. Simulation was used to allow all involved parties to experience the procedure before the live operation. In addition, the simulation enabled the interdisciplinary teams to work with each other, identify possible complications, and further plan the coordination during the event. The EXIT to ECMO surgery was completed successfully. The use of low-fidelity, cost-effective simulation during a surgical rehearsal can give a surgical team critical advantage when performing a rare and/or complex procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-398
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • ECMO
  • EXIT
  • Simulation


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