What is ECMO and can it save severe COVID-19 Patients?

July 22, 2020

ECMO is the little known, hail Mary option to save patient when a ventilator doesn’t work ECMO stands for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and is used when a ventilator can no long keep a patient alive. It works by either bypassing the heart or lungs and artificially oxygenates blood, then pushes this oxygen rich blood back into the body. But why do we need to use ECMO and why do ventilators…

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