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Examples of scenarios where ECMO may benefit patients include the following:

  • If a patient has life-threatening acute respiratory failure with profound gas exchange abnormalities, ECMO may be used as salvage therapy to rescue the patient.
  • ECMO may also be used in patients with ARDS who would benefit from lung-protective ventilation strategies but who are unable to tolerate such strategies.
  • ECMO is used in select patients with severe hypercarbic respiratory failure (levels of carbon dioxide in the blood that are too high).
  • ECMO may be used in patients with chronic lung disease who are already listed for lung transplantation at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia. This approach is called "bridge-to-transplantation."

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