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Extracorporeal-Membrane-Oxygenation-ECMO VItalGO Total Lift Bed


Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)12-22


There continues to be growing research on the safety, feasibility, and necessity of early mobility with patients supported on ECMO.


However, due to several barriers such as the ECMO configuration, cannulation type, acuity level of the patient, or staffing limitations, it can be quite challenging to mobilize patients on this level of support.


The Total Lift Bed offers a safe, controlled, and easier way to mobilize these patients with less staff resources and risk to both patient and clinicians.

Benefits of Total Lift Bed (TLB) for ECMO
ECMO Best Practices with Total Lift Bed


Hospital Study Confirms Mobility Benefits Can Be Enhanced When Protocol Calls for VitalGo's Total Lift Bed.

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VA-ECLS Mobility to Improve Surgical Outcomes

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Please use button below to request an Example ECMO Protocol.

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  1. ECMO Resources:

  2. von Stumm M, Bojes P, Kubik M, et al. (2016). Feasibility and safety of mobilization of patients with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: a prospective cohort study. The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon, 64(S 01), OP73.

  3. Ferreira DDC, Marcolino MAZ, Macagnan FE, et al. (2019). Safety and potential benefits of physical therapy in adult patients on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support: a systematic review. Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva, 31, 227-239.

    10.5935/0103- 507X.20190017

  4. Abrams D, Javidfar J, Farrand E, et al.(2014). Early mobilization of patients receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: a retrospective cohort study. Critical Care, 18(1), R38.

  5. Rehder KJ, Turner DA, Hartwig MG, et al: Active rehabilitation during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation as a bridge to lung transplantation, J Resp Care, 58(8): 1291-1298, 2013.

  6. Lehr CJ, Zaas DW, Cheifetz IM, Turner DA: Ambulatory Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation as a bridge to lung transplantation, Chest, 147(5): 1213-1218, 2015. DOI: 10.1378/chest.14-1288

  7. Abrams D, Garan AR, Brodie D: Awake and fully mobile patients on cardiac extracorporeal life support, Ann Cardiothorac Surg, 8(1): 44-53, 2019. DI: 10.21037/acs.2018.08.03

  8. Ko J, Cho TH, Park YH, et al: Feasibility and safety of early physical therapy and active mobilization for patients on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, J ASAIO, 61: 564-568, 2015. DOI: 10.1097/MAT.0000000000000239

  9. Wells CL, Forrester J, Vogel J, et al: Safety and feasibility of early physical therapy for patients n extracorporeal membrane oxygenator: Univerysity of Maryland Medical Center experience, Crit Care Med, 46: 53-59, 2018. DOE: 10.1097/CCM. 0000000000002770

  10. Pasrija C, Mackowick KM, Raithel M, et al: Ambulation with femoral arterial cannulation can be safely performed on venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, Ann Thorac Surg, 107: 1389-1394, 2019.

  11. Hightower J, Sura L. (2022) A Patient Post COVID-19 on ECMO as a Bridge to a Lung Transplant and CABG: A Brief Case Report Using Progressive Tilt Therapy. Int J SPHM. Special Issue (Early Mobility):31-33.


  12. Sura L, Hightower J, Birst J, et al. (2022). The role of occupational therapy in patients requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation with coronavirus disease: A pilot case series. J of Acute Care Occ Therapy, 4(1), 1-27.


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