Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is developing rapidly, and is now part of the toolkit for the management of all patients with severe respiratory or cardiac failure. Clinicians of all disciplines are in need of a simple manual, easy and fun to read, that will take them through the management of these patients, explaining the principles of safe and successful practice. Part of the Core Critical Care series, this book is an easy-to-read guide for the aspiring ECMO clinician. Doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians, pharmacists and all other key members of the team will learn the basics required to better understand the technology and care of the patient. The experienced clinician will enjoy reading through the chapters, which present structured thoughts and knowledge acquired through clinical experience.
Note from the authors; List of abbreviations; A patient testimony: I survived ECMO; 1. A brief history of ECMO; 2. An ECMO service; 3. The ECMO circuit; 4. Monitoring the patient on ECMO; 5. Case-selection; 6. Cannulation and decannulation; 7. Coagulation, blood and ECMO; 8. Management of the patient on veno-venous ECMO: general principles; 9. Management of the patient on veno-arterial ECMO: general principles; 10. Patient's transfer; 11. Liberating from ECMO; 12. Specifics of intensive care management for the patient on ECMO; 13. Extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal or ECCO2R; 14. ECMO to support organ donation; 15. The future of ECMO; Appendix: ECMO registries and research; Index.