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ECLS can be a life-saver for ARDS patients

The mortality rate for severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) remains high. Acute respiratory failures have become the most common indications for ECMO treatment in adults.[1] As more specialized centers adopt ECLS, there are an increasing number of reports available that show improved outcomes for adult patients with ARDS.[2]  

ECLS to treat respiratory failure

ARDS refers to acute widespread pulmonary inflammation due to various causes such as trauma, infections, pneumonia and sepsis. The mortality rate for patients with ARDS ranges from 34 to 58% [3] and is widely based on severity, the patient's age and the presence of other underlying medical conditions.

Cardiohelp system

The Cardiohelp System facilitates protective ventilation strategies even in severe cases of acute respiratory failure.

The Cardiohelp System supports pulmonary function

The veno-venous use of the Cardiohelp System ensures an effective oxygen supply and/or the reduction of blood CO2 levels in intensive care patients suffering from ARDS, sepsis or other conditions associated with acute respiratory failure. In this way the Cardiohelp System facilitates protective ventilation strategies even in the most severe cases.

Moreover, Cardiohelp prevents circulatory shock or damage to internal organs, minimizing follow-up costs associated with irreversible organ damage. The use of this therapy option therefore saves valuable time, which can then be used to treat the actual cause of an organ failure.

Literature list
  • Performance and Safety of an Integrated Portable Extracorporeal Life Support System for Adults. Alwardt CM, Wilson DS, Alore ML, Lanza LA, Devaleria PA, Pajaro OE. J Extra Corpor Technol. 2015 Mar;47(1):38-43.
  • Portable miniaturized extracorporeal membrane oxygenation systems for H1N1-related severe acute respiratory distress syndrome: a case series. Roncon-Albuquerque R Jr, Basílio C, Figueiredo P, Silva S, Mergulhão P, Alves C, Veiga R, Castelo-Branco S, Paiva L, Santos L, Honrado T, Dias C, Oliveira T, Sarmento A, Mota AM, Paiva JA. J Crit Care. 2012 Oct;27(5):454-63. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2012.01.008. Epub 2012 Mar 3
  • First experience with the ultra compact mobile extracorporeal membrane oxygenation system Cardiohelp in interhospital transport. Philipp A, Arlt M, Amann M, Lunz D, Müller T, Hilker M, Graf B, Schmid C. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2011 Jun;12(6):978-81. doi: 10.1510/icvts.2010.264630. Epub 2011 Mar 8
  •  Hand-held minimised extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: a new bridge to recovery in patients with out-of-centre cardiogenic shock. Arlt M, Philipp A, Voelkel S, Camboni D, Rupprecht L, Graf BM, Schmid C, Hilker M. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2011 Sep;40(3):689-94. doi: 10.1016/j.ejcts.2010.12.055. Epub 2011 Feb 23.
  • Temporary Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: Ten-Year Experience at a Cardiac Transplant Center. Tran BG, De La Cruz K, Grant S, Meltzer J, Benharash P, Dave R, Ardehali A, Shemin R, Depasquale E, Nsair A. J Intensive Care Med. 2016 Jun 14. pii: 0885066616654451. [Epub ahead of print
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation 2016: an update. Butt W, MacLaren G. F1000Res. 2016 Apr 26;5. pii: F1000 Faculty Rev-750. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.8320.1. eCollection 2016. Review. PMID: 27158464

All references

  1. Ventetuolo CE, Muratore CS. Extracorporeal life support in critically ill adults. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2014;190(5):497–508.

  2. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for acute respiratory distress syndrome, Journal of Intensive Care, 2015, DOI: 10.1186/s40560-015-0082-7

  3. Epidemiology of acute lung injury.; Curr Opin Crit Care. 2005 Feb;11(1):43-9.; MacCallum NS1, Evans TW.