Category Archives: ECMO

ECMO SESSION – TBS18

From our ECMO session at The Big Sick 2018, #TBS18: Lionel Lamhaut on Prehospital ECMO (39:30) Zack Shinar on EDECMO (1:04:30) Håkan Kalzen on the Karolinska experience with ECMO and ECMO transports (1:31:35) Magnus Larsson on ECMO in trauma patients … Continue reading

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ECMO OUT ON A LIMB

ECMO is usually applied to the whole body. In VA-ECMO, we often use a smaller side cannula to supply the lower limb with circulation and oxygenated blood, when its femoral artery is partially occluded by the main ECMO cannula.

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USE ULTRASOUND FOR FEMORAL CANNULATION IN ARREST

For vascular access, you still hear the old “We don’t have time for using ultrasound – this is an emergency!”. In many settings, the old landmark techniques are quick and good in experienced hands. But when going for the femoral … Continue reading

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ECMO AT THE LOUVRE

ECMO at the Louvre, two art forms meet. We first tweeted this photo back in 2014, and now the case report behind the image has just been published. The case report highlights both the possibilities of new frontiers in medicine, … Continue reading

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151 DAYS ON ECMO WITH NO HEPARIN

Experimental. On a goat. But still, 151 days on ECMO without any heparinisation is very impressive and promising. One big draw-back of ECMO treatment has been the need for full heparinisation to avoid clotting of the ECMO circuit. Heparin coated … Continue reading

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ECMO IN TRAUMA

ECMO in multitrauma patients sounds like asking for complexity and lots of oozing blood – but it seems to have potential for actually stabilising the patient’s systems and get better outcome. The short version: ECMO restores normal physiology and unloads … Continue reading

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SONA – SIDE OF NECK ACCESS

How’s this for thinking outside the box in the approach to the difficult airway!? Difficult airway algorithms and advanced management options for difficult airways mostly concentrate on getting into the trachea. But what happens if getting into the trachea is … Continue reading

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SOLVING DIFFERENTIAL OXYGENATION IN VA-ECMO

ECMO can fix anything. But, surprisingly, it has some limitations. One of them is differential oxygenation in VA-ECMO, also known as watershed. A recent paper looks into new ECMO set-ups in an experimental animal model that seeks to solve the … Continue reading

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E-CPR STRIKES AGAIN

ECMO for cardiac arrest, E-CPR, has been shown several times to increase survival more than any other intervention we have available. Here’s yet another retrospective study to support the findings in previous trials (links at end of post). Survival with … Continue reading

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ECMO – MIXING IT UP

ECMO is all the rage, and ScanCrit is a fanatical believer. However, ECMO has its problems and challenges. The challenge we’ll look into here, is choosing between VV or VA ECMO – sometimes the choice is straightforward, other times not. … Continue reading

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