ECMO in the Adult Patient

ISBN: 9781107681248
ISBN-10: 1107681243
Copyright: 2017
Edition: 1st
Author: Vuylsteke, Alain, Brodie, Daniel, Combes, Alain, Fowles, Jo-anne, Peek, Giles,
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 90
Reviewer: David Dries,  MSE, MD  (University of Minnesota Medical School)
This pocket-sized guide to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is part of the Core Critical Care series published by Cambridge University Press.
ECMO is becoming a more popular therapy with a variety of applications including traditional cardiopulmonary failure, with recent inclusion of metabolic disorders, and as a bridge to transplantation of various organs. This is an easy-to-read introductory guide to this important technology.
Providers at any level requiring an introduction to this form of organ system support will appreciate this relatively brief book produce by authorities based in France and the U.K.
After a brief testimonial from an ECMO survivor, the authors describe the composition of an ECMO service and the history of development for this therapy. They continue with a tour of the ECMO technology available and optimal case selection and initiation of treatment. Potential complications associated with ECMO are discussed, such as coagulation disorders and blood product management. Specific topics include use of ECMO for respiratory failure, transfer of patients supported by this technology, which is sometimes needed, and the sometimes difficult process of liberation of the patient from ECMO. Concluding chapters describe an important application of ECMO for carbon dioxide removal and the use of this means to support the patient requiring organ transplantation or donation. Finally, there is an overview of registry data available for ECMO and research opportunities. Tables are used to good effect, and black-and-white photographs are infrequent but reproduce with good quality. Chapters use only occasional essential references from primary literature or data websites.
This is that essential, well-written, quick read necessary for physicians or allied health providers called upon to participate in the care of a patient requiring this type of organ system support. The excellent writing style and effective use of illustrations and tables are highlights.
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