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Venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation

Myung Jin Choi, Sang Ook Ha, Hyoung Soo Kim, Sunghoon Park, Sang Jin Han, Sun Hee Lee
BACKGROUND: The use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for patients with septic shock is controversial. The outcomes are favorable in children but heterogeneous in adults. The present study aimed to analyze the outcomes of adult patients who underwent ECMO for septic shock, and to determine the factors associated with prognosis. METHODS: We respectively reviewed the medical records of patients who underwent ECMO for septic shock between January 2007 and December 2013...
October 12, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Michael C Sklar, Eric Sy, Laurance Lequier, Eddy Fan, Hussein D Kanji
BACKGROUND: The optimal anticoagulation strategy for venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV-ECMO) is not known. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety of anticoagulation strategies and monitoring during VV-ECMO for respiratory failure. DATA SOURCES: We conducted a systematic review to evaluate the association between anticoagulation strategies during VV-ECMO and pre-specified outcomes including major bleeding episodes, thrombotic events, and in-hospital mortality...
October 3, 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
P Benson Ham, Brice Hwang, Linda J Wise, K Christian Walters, Walter L Pipkin, Charles G Howell, Jatinder Bhatia, Robyn Hatley
Conventional treatment of respiratory failure involves positive pressure ventilation that can worsen lung damage. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is typically used when conventional therapy fails. In this study, we evaluated the use of venovenous (VV)-ECMO for the treatment of severe pediatric respiratory failure at our institution. A retrospective analysis of pediatric patients (age 1-18) placed on ECMO in the last 15 years (1999-2014) by the pediatric surgery team for respiratory failure was performed...
September 2016: American Surgeon
Manuela Bonizzoli, Chiara Lazzeri, Giovanni Cianchi, Maria Boddi, Morena Cozzolino, Simona Di Valvasone, Paolo Terenzi, Stefano Batacchi, Marco Chiostri, Adriano Peris
BACKGROUND: Serial lactate measurements over time or lactate clearance has been reported to be clinically reliable for risk stratification in different pathologic conditions ranging from sepsis to trauma, but no data are so far available on the behavior of lactate during venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV-ECMO) support in refractory adult acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). METHODS: We assessed lactate values during VV-ECMO support and the prognostic role of lactate clearance at 6, 24, and 72 hours after ECMO start in 126 consecutive patients with refractory ARDS treated with VV-ECMO...
September 22, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Kathleen Jr Daly, Luigi Camporota, Nicholas A Barrett
BACKGROUND: The last decade has seen an increase in the number of centres able to provide venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV-ECMO) internationally across different health care systems. To support this growth, a variety of staffing arrangements have been adopted depending on local need and availability of resources, both in terms of manpower and finances to safely meet the complex needs of the patient and circuit management. AIM: The aim of the survey was to describe current staffing arrangements of care provision for adult patients on VV-ECMO, with a focus on understanding the professional roles and responsibilities of staff managing the circuit in order to inform further discussion around different approaches to staffing...
September 21, 2016: Nursing in Critical Care
Charalampos Pierrakos, Vincent Collot, Hemlata Van Lieshout, Monique De Doncker, Stephanie Delcourt, Philippe Gottignies, Jacques Devriendt, David De Bels
PURPOSE: We assessed the security and efficiency of intravenously injected agitated saline in conjunction with transthoracic echocardiography to identify recirculation in patients supported with a venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV ECMO) device. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We injected agitated saline 4 consecutive times separated by an interval of 5 minutes in 2 patients supported by VV ECMO. In both patients, the drainage cannula was placed in the left femoral vein, and the return cannula was placed in the right internal jugular vein...
August 18, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Christopher Lotz, Norbert Roewer, Ralf M Muellenbach
Mechanical ventilation is the most commonly used form of respiratory support to restore or maintain adequate gas exchange. However, mechanical ventilation does not provide a physiological form of breathing. Neither does it provide an optimal ventilation / perfusion ratio due to passive movement of the diagphragm favoring the non-dependent parts of the lung. Furthermore, patients are in danger of ventilator-associated/induced lung injury (VALI/VILI). Hence, lung protective ventilation is mandatory in patients with an acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and should likewise be used in the operating room...
September 2016: Anästhesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie: AINS
Jeremy R DeGrado, Benjamin Hohlfelder, Brianne M Ritchie, Kevin E Anger, David P Reardon, Gerald L Weinhouse
PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the use of sedative, analgesic, and neuromuscular blocking agents (NMBAs) in patients undergoing extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a 2-year, prospective, observational study of adult intensive care unit patients on ECMO support for more than 48hours. RESULTS: We analyzed 32 patients, including 15 receiving VA (venoarterial) ECMO and 17 VV (venovenous) ECMO...
August 10, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
R Wang, B Sun, X Y Li, H Y He, X Tang, Q Y Zhan, Z H Tong
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the predictive values of different critical scoring systems for mortality in patients with severe acute respiratory failure (ARF) supported by venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV-ECMO). METHODS: Forty-two patients with severe ARF supported by VV-ECMO were enrolled from November 2009 to July 2015.There were 25 males and 17 females. The mean age was (44±18) years (rang 18-69 years). Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) Ⅱ, Ⅲ, Ⅳ, Simplified Acute Physiology Score Ⅱ (SAPS) Ⅱ, Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA), ECMO net, PRedicting dEath for SEvere ARDS on VVECMO (PRESERVE), and Respiratory ECMO Survival Prediction (RESP) scores were collected within 6 hours before VV-ECMO support...
September 2016: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
S Weiterer, K Schmidt, M Deininger, A Ulrich, U Tochtermann, R Eberhardt, S Hofer, M A Weigand, T Brenner
Here, we present a case of a tracheal fistula due to an anastomotic insufficiency following abdominothoracic esophageal resection. Despite immediate discontinuity resection, the tracheal fistula could not be surgically closed, resulting in incomplete control of the source of infection and an alternative treatment concept in the form of interventional fistula closure using a Y-tracheal stent. However, owing to existing severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), which is associated with a considerable risk of peri-interventional hypoxia, a temporary bridging concept using venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) was implemented successfully...
September 2016: Der Anaesthesist
J-K Baek, J S Lee, T H Kim, Y H Kim, D J Han, S K Hong
BACKGROUND: Kidney transplant (KT) recipients are vulnerable to infections because of their immunosuppressive treatments, and they occasionally exhibit serious acute cardiopulmonary dysfunction. The purpose of this study was to report the clinical outcomes of using extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in KT recipients and to identify risk factors for ECMO weaning failure. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the electronic medical records of KT patients who experienced severe cardiopulmonary dysfunction refractory to conventional therapy and received ECMO at the Asan Medical Center Surgical Intensive Care Unit between December 2010 and December 2014...
July 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Alberto Zanella, Domenico Salerno, Vittorio Scaravilli, Marco Giani, Luigi Castagna, Federico Magni, Eleonora Carlesso, Paolo Cadringher, Michela Bombino, Giacomo Grasselli, Nicolò Patroniti, Antonio Pesenti
PURPOSE: To develop a mathematical model of oxygenation during venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (vv-ECMO). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Total oxygen consumption, cardiac output, blood flow, recirculation, intrapulmonary shunt, hemoglobin, natural lung, and membrane lung oxygen fractions were chosen as inputs. Content, partial pressure, and hemoglobin saturation of oxygen in arterial, venous, pulmonary, and extracorporeal blood were outputs. To assess accuracy and predictive power of the model, we retrospectively analyzed data of 25 vv-ECMO patients...
July 15, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Ashleigh Xie, Tristan D Yan, Paul Forrest
Despite the increasing use of venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) to treat severe respiratory failure, recirculation remains a common complication that may result in severe hypoxemia and end-organ damage. The present review, therefore, examines updated evidence for the causes, measurement, and management of recirculation. Six electronic databases were searched from their dates of inception to January 2016, and 38 relevant studies were selected for analysis. This review revealed that, currently, recirculation is typically calculated from measurement of blood oxygen saturations, although limited evidence suggests that oxygen content may provide a more accurate measure...
June 6, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Akika Ando, Jaclyn Kagihara, Heath Chung, Dennis Thomas Bolger
A 24-year-old otherwise healthy man presented with a 3-week history of malaise, headache, fever and rigors after he was treated with oral clindamycin for left parotitis and Gemella haemolysans bacteraemia. He developed G. haemolysans infective endocarditis, septic emboli and heart failure due to progressive bivalvular disease. He underwent urgent mechanical aortic valve replacement and mitral valve repair, which required venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, to support severe respiratory failure. This is the first documented case of G...
2016: BMJ Case Reports
Michihito Kyo, Shinichiro Ohshimo, Yoshiko Kida, Tatsutoshi Shimatani, Yusuke Torikoshi, Kei Suzuki, Satoshi Yamaga, Nobuyuki Hirohashi, Nobuaki Shime
BACKGROUND: Venoarterial-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VAV ECMO) configuration is a combined procedure of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). The proportion of cardiac and respiratory support can be controlled by adjusting arterial and venous return. Therefore, VAV ECMO can be applicable as a bridging therapy in the transition from venoarterial (VA) to venovenous (VV) ECMO. CASE PRESENTATION: We present an 11-year-old girl with chemotherapy-induced myocarditis requiring extracorporeal cardiorespiratory support...
2016: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
Yu-Ting Cheng, Meng-Yu Wu, Yu-Sheng Chang, Chung-Chi Huang, Pyng-Jing Lin
Despite gaining popularity, venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV-ECMO) remains a controversial therapy for acute respiratory failure (ARF) in adult patients due to its equivocal survival benefits. The study was aimed at identifying the preinterventional prognostic predictors of hospital mortality in adult VV-ECMO patients and developing a practical mortality prediction score to facilitate clinical decision-making.This retrospective study included 116 adult patients who received VV-ECMO for severe ARF in a tertiary referral center, from 2007 to 2015...
July 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Gabriel Moreno-González, Antoni Ricart de Mesones, Rachid Tazi-Mezalek, Maria Teresa Marron-Moya, Antoni Rosell, Rafael Mañez
Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) is a rare pathology with increasing incidence mainly in critical care settings and recently in immunocompetent patients. The mortality of the disease is very high, regardless of an early diagnosis and aggressive treatment. Here, we report a case of a 56 yr old previously healthy woman who was found unconscious at home and admitted to the emergency room with mild respiratory insufficiency. In the first 24 hours she developed an acute respiratory failure with new radiographic infiltrates requiring Intensive Care Unit admission...
2016: Canadian Respiratory Journal: Journal of the Canadian Thoracic Society
Achim Lother, Tobias Wengenmayer, Christoph Benk, Christoph Bode, Dawid L Staudacher
BACKGROUND: Tracheostomy is recommended in case of prolonged mechanical ventilation. Therefore, most patients with an indication for venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) will also have an indication for tracheostomy. CASE PRESENTATION: We report 2 cases of fatal air embolism into the ECMO system as complication of percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy. Both patients had an AVALON ELITE® bi-caval cannula implanted draining blood from the vena cava superior and inferior...
2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Thomas Langer, Alessandro Santini, Nicola Bottino, Stefania Crotti, Andriy I Batchinsky, Antonio Pesenti, Luciano Gattinoni
Venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (vv-ECMO) has been classically employed as a rescue therapy for patients with respiratory failure not treatable with conventional mechanical ventilation alone. In recent years, however, the timing of ECMO initiation has been readdressed and ECMO is often started earlier in the time course of respiratory failure. Furthermore, some centers are starting to use ECMO as a first line of treatment, i.e., as an alternative to invasive mechanical ventilation in awake, non-intubated, spontaneously breathing patients with respiratory failure ("awake" ECMO)...
June 30, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Melissa McLenon, Gregory J Bittle, Kevin Jones, Jay Menaker, Si M Pham, Aldo T Iacono, Ashutosh Sachdeva, Keshava Rajagopal
Venovenous (V-V) extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is used for respiratory failure that is suspected to be reversible (bridge to recovery), or as a bridge to lung transplantation. Patients with proximal airway obstruction due to endobronchial malignancy can develop acute respiratory failure, and may benefit from V-V ECMO as a bridge to airway intervention, further treatment, and eventual recovery. We describe a case of a superior sulcus tumor with tracheobronchial and superior vena cava invasion causing both respiratory failure and superior vena cava syndrome...
July 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
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