TITLE

Extracorporeal life support

AUTHOR(S)
Gaffney, Alan M.; Wildhirt, Stephen M.; Griffin, Michael J.; Annich, Gail M.; Radomski, Marek W.
PUB. DATE
November 2010
SOURCE
BMJ: British Medical Journal (Overseas & Retired Doctors Edition;11/6/2010, Vol. 341 Issue 7780, p982
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article offers information on extracorporeal life support (ECLS), a variation of cardiopulmonary bypass. ECLS can be undertaken either by venous-venous cannulation for isolated respiratory failure, or venous-arterial cannulation for cardiac failure with or without failure. It is said to be beneficial to patients who are at high risk of death and who have not responded to conventional management. It is also indicated to patients whose underlying respiratory or cardiac disease is reversible. The complications associated with ECLS are discussed, along with the timing for ECLS referral. In addition, the article highlights the long-term effects of ECLS. INSET: A PATIENT'S PERSPECTIVE.
ACCESSION #
55228419

 

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