Methodist Journal

FEATURED GUEST EDITOR

ISSUE INTRO

The Burgeoning Field of Cardio-Oncology

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RECOGNITIONS

Barry H. Trachtenberg Leads Issue on Cardio-Oncology

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REVIEW ARTICLES See More

Heart Failure in Relation to Anthracyclines and Other Chemotherapies

Heart Failure in Relation to Tumor-Targeted Therapies and Immunotherapies

The Role of Cardiovascular Imaging and Serum Biomarkers in Identifying Cardiotoxicity Related to Cancer Therapeutics

Prevention and Treatment of Chemotherapy-Induced Cardiotoxicity

Cardiovascular Toxicities of Radiation Therapy

Electrophysiologic Complications in Cancer Patients

Vascular Toxicity in Patients with Cancer: Is There a Recipe to Clarify Treatment?

Future Directions in Cardio-Oncology

CASE REPORTS See More

A Rare Case of Pancreatitis-Induced Thrombosis of the Aorta and Superior Mesenteric Artery

Anomalous Origin of the Right Coronary Artery from the Left Main Coronary Artery in the Setting of Critical Bicuspid Aortic Valve Stenosis

Simultaneous Transfemoral Mitral and Tricuspid Valve in Ring Implantation: First Case Report with Edwards Sapien 3 Valve

Uneventful Follow-Up 2 Years after Endovascular Treatment of a High Flow Iatrogenic Aortocaval Fistula Causing Pulmonary Hypertension and Right Heart Failure

MUSEUM OF HMH MULTIMODALITY IMAGING CENTER See More

Do Not Pass Flow: Microvascular Obstruction on Cardiac Magnetic Resonance After Reinfarction Following Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

CLINICAL PERSPECTIVES See More

EXCERPTA

Cardio-Oncology, Then and Now: An Interview with Barry Trachtenberg

POINTS TO REMEMBER

Onconephrology: An Evolving Field

POINTS TO REMEMBER

Herbal Nephropathy

EXCERPTA

Rolling the Dice on Red Yeast Rice

EDITORIALS

Letter to the Editor in Response to “Cardiac Autonomic Neuropathy in Diabetes Mellitus”

Vol 14, Issue 2 (2018)

Article Abstract

Setting Expectations for ECMO: Improving Communication Between Clinical Teams and Decision Makers


Article Citation:

Stephens AL, Bruce CR. Setting Expectations for ECMO: Improving Communication Between Clinical Teams and Decision Makers. Methodist DeBakey Cardiovasc J. 2018;14(2):120-125.

doi: 10.14797/mdcj-14-2-120

Abstract

Transplant medicine is fraught with clinical–ethical issues. It is not uncommon to have ethicists on transplant teams to help navigate ethically complex cases and ethical questions. Clinical ethicists work in hospitals and/or other healthcare institutions identifying and addressing value-laden conflict and ethical uncertainties.

As ethicists, we set out to describe our process and involvement in cases involving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Our work centers on monitoring and optimizing communication among clinicians, families, and patients, with the goals of (1) aligning patient/family understanding of the nature and purpose of ECMO while encouraging realistic expectations for possible outcomes, and (2) proactively mitigating the moral distress of providers involved in complex ECMO cases. We close with recommendations for how to measure the impact of ethicists’ involvement in ECMO cases.

Keywords
decision making , extracorporeal membrane oxygenation , ECMO , ethics , end of life , mechanical circulatory support