Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) review of a lifesaving technology

George Makdisi, I. Wen Wang

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Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) indications and usage has strikingly progressed over the last 20 years; it has become essential tool in the care of adults and children with severe cardiac and pulmonary dysfunction refractory to conventional management. In this article we will provide a review of ECMO development, clinical indications, patients' management, options and cannulations techniques, complications, outcomes, and the appropriate strategy of organ management while on ECMO.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E166-E176
JournalJournal of Thoracic Disease
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Cardiogenic shock
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Respiratory failure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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