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Extracorporeal Life Support in COVID‐19‐Related Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome – A EuroELSO International Survey

Sunday, February 21, 2021

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Sebastian Mang, Armin Kalenka, Lars Mikael Broman, Alexander Supady, Justyna Swol, Guy Danziger, André Becker, Sabrina I. Hörsch, Thilo Mertke, Ralf Kaiser, Hendrik Bracht, Viviane Zotzmann, Frederik Seiler, Robert Bals, Fabio Silvio Taccone, Onnen Moerer, Roberto Lorusso, Jan Bělohlávek, Ralf M. Muellenbach, Philipp M. Lepper, The COVEC‐Study Group

In this article by the COVEC Study Group, they conducted a EuroELSO international survey investigating the clinical outcomes of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) on patients with COVID-19 Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). They demonstrate that the majority of patients requiring ECMO were veno-venous rather than veno-arterial cannulation, with time on ECMO ranging between less than two weeks to more than four weeks. The majority stated that the reason for discontinuation of ECMO were lack of patient recovery at just over 50%, with the majority stating that they felt patients with COVID-19 and ARDS benefitted from ECMO therapy.

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