Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in severe trauma patients with bleeding shock.

  title={Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in severe trauma patients with bleeding shock.},
  author={Matthias Arlt and Alois Philipp and Sabine V{\"o}lkel and Leopold Rupprecht and Thomas Mueller and Michael K Hilker and B. M. Graf and Christof Schmid},
  volume={81 7},
AIM OF THE STUDY Death to trauma is caused by disastrous injuries on scene, bleeding shock or acute respiratory failure (ARDS) induced by trauma and massive blood transfusion. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) can be effective in severe cardiopulmonary failure, but preexisting bleeding is still a contraindication for its use. We report our first experiences in application of initially heparin-free ECMO in severe trauma patients with resistant cardiopulmonary failure and coexisting… CONTINUE READING
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