ECMO Systems

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is used as a hemodymanic support system to increase the flow of blood in the body to allow the heart and lungs to rest in critically ill patients. It is similar to a heart-lung by-pass machine used in open-heart surgery. It pumps and oxygenates a patient's blood outside the body with blood flowing through tubing to an artificial lung in to add oxygen and remove carbon dioxide. The blood is then the blood is warmed to body temperature and pumped back into the patient’s body. VA ECMO is connected to both a vein and an artery when there are problems with the heart and lungs. VV ECMO is connected to one or more veins, usually near the heart, and is used when the problem in the lungs.

Videos | TCT | November 05, 2015

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News | ECMO Systems | September 08, 2015

September 8, 2015 — In a new study reported in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, researchers found...

News | April 24, 2014

April 24, 2014 — Allison Morgan was in pretty bad shape when the medical helicopter touched down on the rooftop...

Technology | August 08, 2013

August 8, 2013 — Sorin Group has received 510(k) clearance for commercialization of Sorin Connect, Sorin Group’s...

Feature | June 07, 2013

June 7, 2013 — Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a procedure traditionally used during cardiac surgeries...

Feature | May 13, 2013 | Dave Fornell

There is a growing trend in the use of small, portable extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) systems for...

Abiomed introduced the Impella CP (Cardiac Power) pVAD in 2012, which delivers up to 4 lpm of flow.

Feature | May 13, 2013 | Dave Fornell

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Feature | February 04, 2013 | Dave Fornell

My job as editor of DAIC is to help readers keep tabs on the latest in cardiovascular technology and trends. With...

News | August 14, 2012

August 14, 2012 — Berlin Heart announced that a study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine (...

News | May 30, 2012

May 30, 2012 — MAQUET Cardiopulmonary, a business unit of MAQUET Cardiovascular and a leader in extracorporeal...

Technology | May 03, 2011

May 3, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given 510(k) clearance to Maquet Cardiovascular’s...

News | April 19, 2011

April 19, 2011 – Promising new devices for mechanical circulatory support of children with heart defects or heart...

News | September 29, 2009

September 30, 2009 – MAQUET Cardiovascular said Johannes Bonatti, M.D., professor of surgery and director of...

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