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Do Adult ECMO Outcomes Depend on Institutional Volume?

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Feb 20, 2017 6:30:00 AM

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) was instituted in 1972 as a last ditch effort to save children experiencing cardiac and or respiratory failure. During the first decades of ECMO therapy, it was not widely used in adults because studies had not shown benefits for the adult population. However, within the last decade with better ECMO technology, patient management and the H1N1 swine flu epidemic of 2007-2008 that left patients with adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), there has been a significant increase in adult ECMO.

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Topics: Cardiovascular, cardiac care

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