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Evolution of the United States Military Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Transport Team

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Conference Paper

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59 MDW San Antonio United States

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The use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenationECMO for the care of critically ill adult patient with cardiac andor respiratory failure has gained traction over the past decade- As experience with ECMO has grown, it has been utilized in more austere, remote locations, to include use in those injured in combat- The United States US military established the Acute Lung Rescue Team in 2005 to transport and care for patients unable to be managed by standard medical evacuation resources- In 2012, the US military expanded upon this capacity, establishing an ECMO program.- This allowed for the development of a robust, highly functioning unit to provide this life-saving technology to US service members- To maintain currency, the program was designed to treat both military beneficiaries and civilian patients referred from the community

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Escape, Rescue and Survival

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