ECMO for adult respiratory failure: current use and evolving applications.

  title={ECMO for adult respiratory failure: current use and evolving applications.},
  author={Cara L. Agerstrand and Matthew D. Bacchetta and Daniel Brodie},
  journal={ASAIO journal},
  volume={60 3},
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is increasingly being used to support adults with severe forms of respiratory failure. Fueling the explosive growth is a combination of technological improvements and accumulating, although controversial, evidence. Current use of ECMO extends beyond its most familiar role in the support of patients with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) to treat patients with various forms of severe hypoxemic or hypercapnic respiratory failure, ranging… CONTINUE READING
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