A review of the fundamental principles and evidence base in the use of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) in critically Ill adult patients

Steve Allen, Daniel Holena, Maureen McCunn, Benjamin Kohl, Babak Sarani

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Abstract

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) comprises a commonly used method of extracorporeal life support. It has proven efficacy and is an accepted modality of care for isolated respiratory or cardiopulmonary failure in neonatal and pediatric populations. In adults, there are conflicting studies regarding its benefit, but it is possible that ECMO may be beneficial in certain adult populations beyond postcardiotomy heart failure. As such, all intensivists should be familiar with the evidence-base and principles of ECMO in adult population. The purpose of this article is to review the evidence and to describe the fundamental steps in initiating, adjusting, troubleshooting, and terminating ECMO so as to familiarize the intensivist with this modality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-26
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Intensive Care Medicine
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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