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 there is a problem in the lungs.

ECMO unit in use to support a severely ill patient at the University of Michigan. ECMO was shown to imporve survival and neuro outcomes in sudden cardiac arrest patients who do not respond to standard therapy.

ECMO unit in use to support a severely ill patient at the University of Michigan. ECMO was shown to imporve survival and neuro outcomes in sudden cardiac arrest patients who do not respond to standard therapy.

Feature | Sudden Cardiac Arrest | May 19, 2021
May 19, 2021 — A subgroup of patients who experienced an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) that did not respond to...
A nurse checking an ECMO system being used to support a critically ill COVID-19 patient at Banner Health in Phoenix. ECMO can offer both hemodynamic support and oxygenation for COVID patients who otherwise cannot get enough pulmonary support from ventilators, or are in danger of organ failure.

A nurse checking an ECMO system being used to support a critically ill COVID-19 patient at Banner Health in Phoenix. ECMO can offer both hemodynamic support and oxygenation for COVID patients who otherwise cannot get enough pulmonary support from ventilators, or are in danger of organ failure.

News | ECMO Systems | May 04, 2021
May 4, 2021 – A new study, presented today at the 2021 American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) 101st annual...
The Teleflex Manta large-bore vascular closure device can seal holes between 12 and 25 French.

The Teleflex Manta large-bore vascular closure device can seal holes between 12 and 25 French. 

Feature | Hemostasis Management | March 09, 2021 | Dave Fornell, Editor
While many cardiac and vascular procedures have largely moved to minimally invasive techniques, the size of these...
The first COVID-19 patient in the world was supported by the new Abiomed Breethe OXY-1 System at Hackensack University Medical Center.

The first COVID-19 patient in the world was supported by the new Abiomed Breethe OXY-1 System at Hackensack University Medical Center.

News | ECMO Systems | February 25, 2021
February 25, 2021 — The first COVID-19 patient in the world was supported by the new Abiomed Breethe OXY-1 System, an...
Videos | ECMO Systems | February 16, 2021
An emotional reunion with COVID-19 patient Crystal Gutierrez and the clinicians and cardiologist who saved her life at ...
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | February 16, 2021
February 16, 2021 — Crystal Gutierrez, a young mother who earlier in 2020 fell seriously ill from the effects of COVID-...
COVID-19 related topics by far out-paced all other topics in cardiology in 2020 on the DAIC website. Several stories topped the list related to the cardiovascular issues with hydroxychloroquine being used as a treatment for the virus. Top new device technologies in 2020 included European approval of the Abbott Tendyne transcatheter mitral valve, FDA approval of Medtronic's new Micra AV pill-sized pacemaker, and FDA clearance of the first drug-eluting stent with short-duration dual-antiplatelet therapy.

COVID-19 related topics by far out-paced all other topics in cardiology in 2020 on the DAIC website. Several stories topped the list related to the cardiovascular issues with hydroxychloroquine being used as a treatment for the virus. Top new device technologies in 2020 included European approval of the Abbott Tendyne transcatheter mitral valve, FDA approval of Medtronic's new Micra AV pill-sized pacemaker, and FDA clearance of the first drug-eluting stent with short-duration dual-antiplatelet therapy (DAPT).

Feature | December 28, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
Here are the top 25 best performing articles on the Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC) website from 2020....
The Abiomed Breethe OXY-1 System has received U.S. FDA 510(k) clearance. 
Feature | ECMO Systems | October 26, 2020
October 26, 2020 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) clearance to Abiomed for an all-in-...
Flexible electronics have been developed to implant in patients to constantly monitor their cardiac condition.

Flexible electronics have been developed to implant in patients to constantly monitor their cardiac condition.

Feature | October 09, 2020 | Udi Nussinovitch M.D., Ph.D.
This is an overview of some of the biggest cardiology technology advances. These innovations are covered in more detail...
Videos | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | October 06, 2020
Ryan Barbaro, M.D., clinical assistant professor, pediatric critical care medicine, University of Michigan, and chair...

An ECMO procedure at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. The FDA cleared the use of ECMO support for COVID-19 patients in April 2020. A new review of patients treated with ECMO showed it had positive outcomes in the most severe COVID-19 patients. Photo by Dave Fornell

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | September 29, 2020
September 29, 2020 –  Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support saved lives in past epidemics of lung-damaging...
Abiomed Impella is now authorized to treat critical ICU COVID-19 patients on ECMO who develop pulmonary edema or need cardiac decompensation from myocarditis. #COVID19 #SARScov2 #Impella

Abiomed Impella is now authorized to treat critical ICU COVID-19 patients on ECMO who develop pulmonary edema or need cardiac decompensation from myocarditis.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | August 05, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
August 5, 2020 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) this week for...
Thoracic findings in a 15-year-old girl with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). (a) Chest radiograph on admission shows mild perihilar bronchial wall cuffing. (b) Chest radiograph on the third day of admission demonstrates extensive airspace opacification with a mid and lower zone predominance. (c, d) Contrast-enhanced axial CT chest of the thorax at day 3 shows areas of ground-glass opacification (GGO) and dense airspace consolidation with air bronchograms. (c) This conformed to a mosai

Thoracic findings in a 15-year-old girl with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). (a) Chest radiograph on admission shows mild perihilar bronchial wall cuffing. (b) Chest radiograph on the third day of admission demonstrates extensive airspace opacification with a mid and lower zone predominance. (c, d) Contrast-enhanced axial CT chest of the thorax at day 3 shows areas of ground-glass opacification (GGO) and dense airspace consolidation with air bronchograms. (c) This conformed to a mosaic pattern with a bronchocentric distribution to the GGO (white arrow, d) involving both central and peripheral lung parenchyma with pleural effusions (black small arrow, d). image courtesy of Radiological Society of North America

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 30, 2020
In recent weeks, a multisystem hyperinflammatory condition has emerged in children in association with prior exposure...
Russian interventional cardiologist Alexey Pankov in full personal protective equipment (PPE) for a cath lab procedure in Moscow during the COVID-19 era. Right, an image of the COVID-19 virus from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Russian interventional cardiologist Alexey Pankov in full personal protective equipment (PPE) for a cath lab procedure in Moscow during the COVID-19 era. Right, an image of the COVID-19 virus from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Novel coronavirus has turned out to have a sizable amount of cardiovascular involvement.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 05, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
It was originally thought novel coronavirus (COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2) was primarily a respiratory disorder, but as larger...
Rash on the skin of a child who has COVID-19 related multi-system inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C). Image copyright Damien Bonnet, M.D., Ph.D., courtesy of the American Heart Association. Coronavirus is linked with this Kawasaki-like inflammatory disease in children.

Rash on the skin of a child who has COVID-19 related multi-system inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C). The image is from  Damien Bonnet, M.D., Ph.D., Necker Hospital-Université, Paris, who was involved in a Circulation study published on MIS-C May 14. Image copyright Damien Bonnet, courtesy of the American Heart Association.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 20, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
(UPDATE December 28, 2020 — Newer articles and video on MIS-C can be found in the related content section at the bottom...