Feasibility of non-invasive neuro-monitoring during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in children


Introduction Detection of neurological complications during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) may be enhanced with non-invasive neuro-monitoring. We investigated the feasibility of non-invasive neuro-monitoring in a paediatric intensive care (PIC) setting. Methods In a single centre, prospective cohort study we assessed feasibility of recruitment, and neuro-monitoring via somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEP), electroencephalography (EEG) and near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) during venoarterial (VA) ECMO in paediatric patients (0–15 years). Measures were obtained within 24h of cannulation, during an intermediate period, and finally at decannulation or echo stress testing. SSEP/EEG/NIRS measures were correlated with neuro-radiology findings, and clinical outcome assessed via the Pediatric cerebral performance category (PCPC) scale 30 days post ECMO cannulation. Results We recruited 14/20 (70%) eligible patients (median age: 9 months; IQR:4–54, 57% male) over an 18-month period, resulting in a total of 42 possible SSEP/EEG/NIRS measurements. Of these, 32/42 (76%) were completed. Missed recordings were due to lack of access/consent within 24 h of cannulation (5/42, 12%) or PIC death/discharge (5/42, 12%). In each patient, the majority of SSEP (8/14, 57%), EEG (8/14, 57%) and NIRS (11/14, 79%) test results were within normal limits. All patients with abnormal neuroradiology (4/10, 40%), and 6/7 (86%) with poor outcome (PCPC ≥4) developed indirect SSEP, EEG or NIRS measures of neurological complications prior to decannulation. No study-related adverse events or neuro-monitoring data interpreting issues were experienced. Conclusion Non-invasive neuro-monitoring (SSEP/EEG/NIRS) during ECMO is feasible and may provide early indication of neurological complications in this high-risk population.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/02676591211066804
Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
College of Health & Life Sciences > Aston Institute of Health & Neurodevelopment (AIHN)
Additional Information: © Sage 2022. The final publication is available via Sage at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/02676591211066804
Uncontrolled Keywords: Advanced and Specialized Nursing,Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine,Safety Research,Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and imaging,General Medicine
Publication ISSN: 1477-111X
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2024 07:40
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2022 10:38
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Published Date: 2022-02-25
Published Online Date: 2022-02-25
Accepted Date: 2022-02-01
Authors: McDevitt, William M
Farley, Margaret
Martin-Lamb, Darren
Jones, Timothy J
Morris, Kevin P
Seri, Stefano (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-9247-8102)
Scholefield, Barnaby R



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