Hi, it’s Patrik Hutzel here from Intensivecarehotline.com with another quick tip for families in Intensive Care.
Many families in Intensive Care come to us and they want to know when ECMO can be used as a treatment or therapy option. Now the short version of it is that, it can be used for either heart failure or lung failure.
Now, let’s break this down further. In heart failure, it can be used after cardiac arrest, after cardiogenic shock, after heart attack, but it can also be used when during or after cardiac surgery, the patients can’t be weaned off the bypass machine then ECMO can take over that function.
Furthermore, ECMO can be used as a bridge to a VAD (Ventricular Assist Device). It can be used as a bridge to a heart transplant. It can also be used after a heart transplant to stabilize patients in lung failure or respiratory failure.
ECMO is often used for ARDS and it’s also used as a bridge to a lung transplant and it can also be used after lung transplant again to stabilize patients.
So, that’s my quick tip for today when can ECMO be used and I’ll talk to you in a few days. Take Care!