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Stöhr, F; Emmert, M Y; Lachat, M; Stocker, R; Maggiorini, M; Falk, V; Wilhelm, M J (2011). Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for acute respiratory distress syndrome: is the configuration mode an important predictor for the outcome? Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, 12(5):676-680.

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Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is increasingly applied as rescue-therapy for patients with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Here, we evaluate the effect of different configuration strategies (venovenous vs. venoarterial vs. veno-venoarterial) on the outcome. From 2006 to 2008, 30 patients received ECMO for severe ARDS. Patients were divided into three groups according to the configuration: veno-venous (vv; n = 11), venoarterial (va; n=8) or veno-venoarterial (vva; n = 11). Data were prospectively collected and endpoint was 30-day mortality. To identify independent risk factors, univariate analysis was performed for clinical parameters, such as age, body mass index, gender, configuration, low-pH, oxygenation index (pO(2)/FiO(2)) and underlying disease. Thirty-day mortality was 53% (n = 16) for all comers: 63% (n = 7) died in the vv-group, 75% (n = 6) in the va-group and 27% (n = 3) in the vva-group. Although univariate analysis could not rule out a significant predictor for the outcome, there was a trend visible to decreased mortality in the vva-group when compared to vv- and va-groups (27% vs. 63% vs. 75%; P = 0.057). ECMO provides a survival benefit in patients when considering a predicted mortality rate of 80% in ARDS. The configuration mode appears to impact the outcome as the veno-venoarterial appears to further improve the survival in this subset of patients.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Cardiovascular Surgery
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:08 Dec 2011 10:09
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:12
Publisher:European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:10.1510/icvts.2010.258384
PubMed ID:21303865

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