Use of pulmonary arteriovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in conjunction with the total artificial heart.
The temporary total artificial heart (TAH-t) is approved for destination therapy or bridge to transplant and is associated with improved survival rates before and after transplantation . Postoperatively, patients with the TAH-t may experience acute respiratory failure requiring significant respiratory support. Pulmonary arteriovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) has the capabilities to provide this support while minimizing the risks of barotrauma or oxygen toxicity . This report presents a novel cannulation technique for ECMO to provide support for patients after the placement of the TAH-t.
Behrens, LG; Goodale, NL; Turek, JW; Bates, MJ
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