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Awake Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

Nithya Chowrira Achaiah

Keywords : Awake ECMO, COVID-19 ARDS, Pulmonary endarterectomy

Citation Information : Achaiah NC. Awake Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation. 2022; 1 (1):32-34.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10089-0003

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 12-07-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Awake extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a new concept that is evolving in the current day scenario of intensive care practice worldwide. It is indeed a phenomenal initiative towards early mobilization of patients, despite being on cardiopulmonary/pulmonary assist devices attached to the patients. This has prevented many complications associated with long stays in hospitals as well as cost-saving practices. Although awake ECMO has its own pros and cons and poses lot many challenges to the intensivists, nevertheless it has been shown to benefit patients and reduce morbidity. In this submission, we are describing two representative cases of awake ECMO: the first one is a patient with COVID-19- induced acute respiratory distress syndrome with venovenous ECMO and the other patient is a post-pulmonary endarterectomy patient on venoarterial ECMO for refractory ventricular tachycardia. These two cases illustrate not only the feasibility but also the successful outcome of awake ECMO.

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