The Race to Reinvent CPR

March 28, 2024

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(New York Times) – When a patient in cardiac arrest is placed on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine, as Sauer was, the treatment is called ECPR. The type of ECMO intervention used in ECPR provides full life support, which means it does the work of both lungs and heart. (Another type of ECMO, used on Covid-19 patients, helps just with breathing.) ECMO evolved from the heart-lung machines that started being used during heart surgery in the 1950s. Patients could be on them for only an hour or so, because the technology delivering oxygen to the blood would also damage it. (Read More)