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.

An ECMO cannula being inserted into a cardiovascular patient in need of mechanical oxygenation and hemodynamic support in December 2019. The FDA just made a temporary approval to use ECMO support in COVID-19 patients during the pandemic emergency. #COVID19 #SARScov2 #coronavirus

An ECMO cannula being inserted into a cardiovascular patient in need of mechanical oxygenation and hemodynamic support at Tufts Medical Center in December 2019. The FDA just made a temporary approval to use ECMO support in COVID-19 patients during the pandemic emergency. Photo by Dave Fornell.

 

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The Philips Lumify hand-held ultrasound technology is an important component of the mobile ECMO unit. Members of the ECMO team use Lumify for real-time visual guidance when inserting tubes in veins and arteries in a process called ECMO cannulation. #RSNA2019 #RSNA19 #POCUS

The Philips Lumify hand-held ultrasound technology is an important component of the mobile ECMO unit. Members of the ECMO team use Lumify for real-time visual guidance when inserting tubes in veins and arteries in a process called ECMO cannulation. 

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The top five most important take-away presentations from the 2019 Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) annual meeting.
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Here is what I thought were the top five most important take-away presentations from the 2019...

Two versions of the Abiomed Impella percutaneous ventricular assist device being shown at ACC 2018. Impella is the only device currently cleared by the FDA for use in cardiogenic shock.

Two versions of the Abiomed Impella percutaneous ventricular assist device displayed at ACC 2018. Impella is the only device that currently has a FDA indication for use in cardiogenic shock. 

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Global Study Examines Therapy for Patients with Single-Ventricle Cardiac Defect

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ECMO Used to Treat Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome Case
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