ECMO boosts survival in severe COVID-19 cases

Large multicentre study shows the intervention is most effective in the under 65s and those with severe hypoxaemia: BMJ

Patients with acute COVID-19-related respiratory failure are more likely to survive when put on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation than mechanical ventilation alone, a new study shows.

The intervention reduces risk of death in these patients by 7% and is most effective in the under-65s and those with severe hypoxaemia, according to the Canadian-led research.

In contrast, those who were mechanically ventilated for seven days before cannulation or ventilated at “potentially injurious intensities” with a driving pressure

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