Northwestern University

Thu 12:00 PM

ECMO: Clinical Innovation, Uncertainty and Ethics - Kathy Johnson Neely

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When: Thursday, January 24, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM  

Where: Robert H Lurie Medical Research Center, 1st floor - Searle room, 303 E. Superior, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Myria Knox   312.503.7962

Group: Medical Humanities & Bioethics Lunchtime Montgomery Lectures

Category: Lectures & Meetings


The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Bioethics program


A Montgomery Lecture


Kathy Johnson Neely, MD, MA
Medical Director, Northwestern Memorial Hospital Medical Ethics Program
Attending Physician, Palliative Medicine
Northwestern Medicine, Central Region
Associate Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

ECMO: Clinical Innovation, Uncertainty and Ethics

The deployment of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is rapidly expanding; in its wake, there are extraordinary “saves” alongside ethical uneasiness. Some of the uneasiness is prompted by everyday intensive care medicine – for example, obtaining adequate consent in the context of time-constrained emergencies; determining adequate duration of time-limited trials of a high-burden intervention; and establishing the locus of authority within a shared medical-decision making partnership. Some of the uneasiness relates to innovation with ECMO, the uncertainty of clinic outcomes for the ECMO-rescued patient, and circumstances in which ECMO patients finding themselves on a “bridge to nowhere.” This talk will describe the beginnings of ethical discourse about ECMO, in clinical literature and at NMH.

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