Modifying a venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation circuit to reduce recirculation

Shingo Ichiba, Giles J. Peek, Andrezj W. Sosnowski, Kevin J. Brennan, Richard K. Firmin

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Lung rest is the primary goal of venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for severe acute respiratory failure. To achieve this there has to be adequate extracorporeal flow. This can be achieved by a two-cannula technique in most cases. In some cases, extra flow is either not achievable or causes excessive recirculation. We report 8 patients in whom we achieved adequate blood and oxygen delivery using a three-cannula technique. Five patients survived (62.5%).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)298-299
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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