ECLS Training and Simulation - Evaluation of the 8th Educational Corner of the EuroELSO Congress 2019 Held in Barcelona

Justyna Swol*, Roberto Lorusso, Matteo Di Nardo, Leen Vercaemst, Simon J. Finney, Tim J. Jones, Nicholas A. Barrett, Jan Belohlavek

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Introduction: Simulation-based learning and hands-on learning are popular in medicine, particularly in areas where life-saving manoeuvres and team skills are required. Simulations can be provided in different environments: directly in hospitals (in situ), in dedicated facilities (simulation rooms) or, on occasion, at scientific meetings, thus taking advantage of the delegates' motivation. Simulation-based learning in extracorporeal life support is also increasingly relevant due to the inherent features of the often difficult and emergent decision-making, approaches and management involved, as well as to the challenging multidisciplinary teamwork. Aim: Based on these premises and on the constant rise in interest in starting new extracorporeal life support programmes, the EuroELSO organization has, since the beginning of its scientific activities, established an 'ad hoc' space (Educational Corner) for training and hands-on sessions with a limited number of attendees per session during its annual congress. Methods: Experienced trainers deliver repeated dedicated sessions on fundamental aspects of extracorporeal life support management. After several years of sessions, a questionnaire was prepared and delivered to the attendees at the 8th annual congress in Barcelona. Results: More than 90% of the responders indicated that they would recommend the workshop to their colleagues and that they received useful information during the workshops. Over 85% of the responders (85-97%) indicated that the workshops met the set educational goals and objectives and indicated that the simulation sessions would have a positive impact on their daily practice. Conclusion: The Educational Corner during the EuroELSO Congress has achieved great popularity, as shown by the number of attendees participating each year, and presumably improves many technical and behavioural skills among the attendees.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-92
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - May 2020
Event9th EuroELSO Congress - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 29 Mar 202131 Mar 2021


  • simulation
  • education
  • educational corner
  • extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
  • extracorporeal life support
  • CARE


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