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Even before the pandemic, there was intense debate about whether ECMO was just an expensive "bridge to nowhere" for most patients - Blake Farmer

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ECMO During Respiratory Pandemics: Past, Present, and Future

 

The role of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in the management of severe acute respiratory failure, including the acute respiratory distress syndrome, has become better defined in recent years in light of emerging high-quality evidence and technological advances. Utilization of ECMO has consequently increased throughout many parts of the world.

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, however, has highlighted deficiencies in organizational capacity, research capability, knowledge sharing and resource utilization. While governments, medical societies, hospital systems and clinicians were collectively unprepared for the scope of this pandemic, the use…

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 ECMO During Respiratory Pandemics: Past, Present, and Future

While governments, medical societies, hospital systems and clinicians were collectively unprepared for the scope of this pandemic, the use of ECMO – a highly resource-intensive and specialized form of life support – presented specific logistical and ethical challenges.

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ELSO is providing this website as a resource for centers who may be called on to manage COVID-19 patients. As this is an emerging infectious disease, the scientific data is constantly evolving.

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