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Extracorporeal life support in paediatrics.

Authors
  • Pearson, G A
  • Grant, J
  • Field, D
  • Sosnowski, A
  • Firmin, R K
Type
Published Article
Journal
Archives of Disease in Childhood
Publisher
BMJ
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1993
Volume
68
Issue
1
Pages
94–96
Identifiers
PMID: 8435019
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a life support technique based on modifications of heart-lung bypass technology. It is used to support severe but potentially reversible pulmonary or cardiopulmonary failure. There is increasing use of the technique for neonates and a return of interest in its use for adults. The number of non-neonatal paediatric patients receiving pulmonary support with ECMO worldwide is, however, small, and survival rates average less than 50%. Initial experience in 15 patients aged 3 months to 5 years with a high survival and low morbidity is reported.

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