First Transatlantic Transport on Extracorporeal Life Support for Hypercapneic Respiratory Failure
59th Medical Wing San Antonio United States
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When conventional ventilation is unsuccessful, extra corporeal life support ECLS can be used to provide total lung support to patients who require adjunctive oxygenation ECMO or removal of excess carbon dioxide ECCOR. Numerous reports have documented air transport of patients on ECLS, but flight times are usually less than 3 hours. We report the first documented case of a successful transatlantic transport of an adult patient on ECLS for hypercapneic respiratory failure in the initial stages of her prolonged clinical course to lung transplantation.
- Medicine and Medical Research