Saturday with SMACC: Ho v Bellezzo debate — ECMO is a step too far
February 13, 2016, 7:20 pm
One of my favorite sessions from SMACC Chicago last year was the the debate between Chris Ho and Joe Bellezzo — both from Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego. Dr. Ho — on the resolution: ECPR (extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is a step to far. Dr. Ho took the affirmative side, arguing that ECPR (with is the same as ECMO) was not backed by any evidence of efficacy, horrendously expensive, resource-intensive, fraught with complications, and unethical. Dr. Bellezzo countered that all of his opponents objections were “bullshit.” The session was entertaining but also dead serious. To listen, click here.
To read my Emergency Medicine News column discussing the potential use of ECMO in the poisoned patient, click here.
By the way, SMACC 2016 — in Dublin June 13-16 — is now completely sold out. If you are interested in attending, go to the SMACC website for instructions on how to get on the wait list.