Membrane oxygenators: what role (if any) in acute ventilatory insufficiency?


Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation has been suggested as an alternative means of support for the patient who is critically ill with acute ventilatory insufficiency. The determination of which patients should receive this therapy has not been clarified to date. Clinical data have revealed overall survival of 10 to 13%. Comparison of therapeutic results with… (More)


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