How is pediatric ECMO performed?

Updated: Dec 21, 2017
  • Author: Edwin Rodriguez-Cruz, MD; Chief Editor: Stuart Berger, MD  more...
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The extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) circuit is primed with the freshest blood available. The acid-base balance and blood gas of the primer are adjusted appropriately. Differences between venoarterial ECMO and venovenous ECMO are presented below (see Technique).


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