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Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in South Africa

Richard K Firmin, Justiaan L C Swanevelder, Martinette M Ferreira

Abstract


Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is an advanced modality of life support for neonatal, paediatric and adult patients with cardiopulmonary compromise resistant to conventional critical care management. This issue of SAJCC features a position statement proposing guidelines for the use of ECMO in South Africa, where unique clinical scenarios are often presented for critical care management. ECMO should be available for selected cases in advanced healthcare systems, and it should be performed in centres that have done the necessary planning, preparation and training.

Authors' affiliations

Richard K Firmin, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon Emeritus; previously Founder and Director of Heart Link Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Centre, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, United Kingdom

Justiaan L C Swanevelder, Department of Anaesthesia, Groote Schuur Hospital, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Martinette M Ferreira, Department of Anaesthesia, Groote Schuur Hospital, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

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Keywords

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation; ARDS; Extracorporeal Life Support Organization; H1N1

Cite this article

Southern African Journal of Critical Care 2013;29(2):3-5. DOI:10.7196/SAJCC.165

Article History

Date submitted: 2013-05-01
Date published: 2013-06-18

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