Gas exchange during perfluorocarbon liquid immersion: life-support for the ex utero fetus.

Abstract

BACKGROUND Respiratory mortality and morbidity remain major consequences of extreme prematurity. Percutaneous transfer of oxygen and carbon dioxide is possible in the newborn human. Perfluorocarbon (PFC) liquids have excellent oxygen and carbon dioxide carrying capacity. Animals can breath immersed in perfluorocarbon liquids and maintain adequate gas… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.mehy.2008.02.005

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