Feb 14, 2012

Emergency department initiation of cardiopulmonary bypass: a case report and review of the literature

The Journal of Emergency Medicine
Zachary ShinarTim Watt


Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest carries a dismal prognosis. Percutaneous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) has been used with success for in-hospital arrests, and some literature suggests improvement in long-term survival for out-of-hospital arrests as well. This case highlights the use of ECMO in the emergency department. We report a case in which emergency physician-initiated ECMO was used as a bridge to definitive care in an out-of- hospital cardiac arrest in the United States. ECMO is a novel adjunct for patients in cardiac arrest in whom the usual advanced life support techniques have failed.

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Acrocallosal Syndrome
Ventricular Fibrillation
Pulmonary Edema
Alveolar Ventilation Function
Neurologic Manifestations
Pulmonary Embolism
Blood Vessel

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