Case of the Month #11 - VV ECMO
Key Take Home Messages
- Discuss potential patients for ECMO early with a severe respiratory failure centre
- Venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation provides oxygenation and decarboxylation facilitating lung rest.
- A systematic approach is required in troubleshooting both the circuit and patient to identify the cause of hypoxaemia in VV ECMO.
- Get help early especially if cannula manipulation required or circuit dysfunction.