Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation as a First-Line Treatment Strategy for ARDS: Is the Evidence Sufficiently Strong?

Checkley, William
October 2011
JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association;10/19/2011, Vol. 306 Issue 15, p1703
Academic Journal
The author looks at the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) as early treatment for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). He references a study by M. A. Noah et al. published within the issue. He cites that the study suggests that the use of ECMO can be immediately established during an H1N1 influenza epidemic. He evaluates the potential of the study to identify whether there was difference in mortality between patients at highly specialized centers and those at ECMO centers.


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