Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for newborn respiratory failure: forty-five cases.

@article{Bartlett1982ExtracorporealMO,
  title={Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for newborn respiratory failure: forty-five cases.},
  author={Robert H. Bartlett and Alice Andrews and John M Toomasian and N J Haiduc and Alan B. Gazzaniga},
  journal={Surgery},
  year={1982},
  volume={92 2},
  pages={425-33}
}
Almost all types of newborn respiratory failure are reversible. However, supportive treatment (oxygen and positive airway pressure) can damage the lung, and newborn respiratory failure remains a major cause of morbidity and death in infants. Prolonged extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) provides life support while allowing the lung to "rest." We have used ECMO in 45 moribund newborn infants; 25 survived. Neonatologists referred patients who were unresponsive to maximal therapy. The right… CONTINUE READING

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