Sumary of ECMO life support is a last resort for covid, and in short supply in South:
- On her way rolling out of TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, she teared up as streamers and confetti rained down on her.
- Doctors often describe ECMO as a way to let the lungs “rest” — especially useful when even ventilation isn’t fully oxygenating a patient’s blood.
- Yang said she sometimes had four or five clinical staff members helping her when she needed to take a daily walk through the hospital halls to keep her muscles working.
- Of all the patients treated in an intensive care unit, those on ECMO require the most attention, said nurse Kristin Nguyen, who works in the ICU at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
- The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization said the average ECMO patient with covid spends two weeks on the machine, though many physicians say their patients average a month or more.
- Bartlett said his research team is working to make it so ECMO can be offered outside an ICU — and possibly even send patients home with a wearable device.
- Only the largest medical centers offer ECMO currently, and that has meant most hospitals in the South have been left waiting to transfer patients to a major medical center during the recent pandemic surge.
- ” said Dr. Harshit Rao, chief clinical officer overseeing ICU doctors with physician services firm Envision.