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Evaluating Interfacility ECMO Transfer Outcomes by Cannulation Location and Mode of Transport

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A study published in March 2022 evaluated complications and in-hospital mortality in patients treated with Venovenous (VV) ECMO based on cannula locations and transport mode. The manuscript, written by Jillian K. Wothe, Zachary R. Bergman, Krystina R. Kalland, Logan G. Peter, Elizabeth R. Lusczek, and Melissa E. Brunsvold at the University of Minnesota, can be found in Critical Care Explorations. The results of the study are detailed below.

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a lifesaving measure for critical respiratory and cardiac failure. Unfortunately, the volume of adult patients requiring ECMO continues to increase, increasing the number of patients transported to an ECMO center. While previous studies have reported overall survival rates in patients transported on ECMO, this is one of only a few studies examining complication rates after interfacility ECMO transport and mode of transport comparison.