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FOAMfrat Podcast

Jul 9, 2021

The concept of taking blood out of the body, oxygenating it, removing the CO2, and then putting back in, fascinates me. A few years ago I admittedly knew very little about extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and its indications. I remember going to a class on ECMO at Life Link III and having questions like:
Are we actually pumping blood backward through the body?
What happens to the blood in the heart when using ECMO in cardiac arrest (ECPR)?
What kind of vent settings should I use?
I am by no means an expert on ECMO, in fact, I have only been on a handful of ECMO transports, but the concept fascinates me and I thought a blog breaking down a few concepts of ECMO physiology would be beneficial.