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EXTRACORPOREAL MEMBRANE OXYGENATION


ECMO or Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation is a modality derived from the heart & lung machines now used in selected advanced ICU’s in a much miniaturized and user friendly format. It can be used as a ventilator /oxygenation support (Veno -Venous; V-V ECMO) or as a mechanical (Cardiac; Veno -Arterial; V-A ECMO) support.

One needs to remember that ECMO is a support modality which maintains the cardiac and/or respiratory functions of the body allowing the lungs and the heart to rest and therapies to act without causing adverse effects of conventional ventilation on the lungs and high dose vasopressors/ inotropes on the heart and other organs