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Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants:
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000438543.18828.f0
Case Report

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in a patient with acute respiratory distress syndrome

Brown, Anson MSHS, PA-C

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) can be a lifesaving intervention in patients with severe respiratory failure and in patients with medically refractory cardiac failure post-cardiac surgery. ECMO uses a venous cannula to drain blood into a circuit where oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged; blood is returned to the patient bypassing the pulmonary system (venovenous ECMO) or via an arterial cannula to bypass the lungs and heart (venoarterial ECMO).

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