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How many of us have heard about Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) before Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister late J Jayalalithaa was put on it for recovery? Hardly a handful. Patients who are placed on the device have 50-50 chance of survival and while it could not help the late Chief Minister, her condition put a spotlight on ECMO.
What is ECMO?
ECMO is a life support device that is put in place when a patient’s heart and lungs stop functioning completely post a cardiac arrest. When the patient does not respond to Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), the patient is put on ECMO.
Function of ECMO
The core function of the device is to separate carbon dioxide from the blood and add oxygen into it. It takes the load off from heart and lungs, providing critical time to the body organs for its treatment and recovery.
Patients are only put on ECMO, if there is a chance that the condition can be reversed.
How does ECMO work?
The device drains blood from a vein, which is attached to an oxygenator machine. The machine then removes carbon dioxide from the blood and adds oxygen to it. Depending upon the condition of the patient, the warm blood is either pumped into the body with the help of the machine or is transferred back into the body through an artery.
How long a patient can be on ECMO?
- After seven days of being put on ECMO,there are chances of patient getting an infection.
- In case the patient contracts an infection, it is recommended to take the patient off ECMO support.
My doctor has diagnosed me with having the medical condition called Ganglion. It is present on my wrist and on applying pressure to the area, there is a slight pain. The cyst is very small in size (Pea sized). What form of treatment would you recommend? And how soon can I return to engaging in physical activities such as gym and sports? Thank you for your advice and time.
I am suffering from dry cough n chest pain and alot of headache full pain in body all time feeling lazy lazy.
What food should be eaten if a person is suffering from 156 mg/ dl LDL cholesterol? IS THIS RANGE OF cholesterol OF HIGH RISK?
I have congestion in chest for long time. A green colour rubber type substance comes out when in breathe or sneeze? While hanging upside down I feel something flowing down my nose water with green colour. Will nebulizer help in melting the same? Which nebulizer and medication to use for treatment.
I am 51 years male man. My colestorol is high how I control it. My job is project job hardy. I want to control it and some time feel pain at left side on chest.
She feels exhausted sometimes and feels that her heart is somewhat beating faster at the same time. What is this thing happening with her?
I need to know information about heart attacks. I want to know is there any symptoms to find out heart attack in earlier stage.
She confused and shocked whether foetus heartbeat functioning or not, so what could we do could not understand, please suggests us.
Atherothrombotic diseases such as myocardial or cerebral infarction are serious consequences of the thrombus formed in blood vessels. Dhamasa possesses thrombolytic properties that could decompose blood clots. Dhamasa has been incorporated as a thrombolytic agent for the improvement of patients suffering from Atherothrombotic disease.
Hiii doctor I am 20 year old girl nd my problem is I think too much tht most of the tym I think without any reason and I put too much pressure on my head tht it starts paining and I feel my head too heavy nd thn I am nt able to work. Please help me out of this problem.
Symptoms can be absent in diabetic patients, presentation can be only giddiness or sweating or just nausea vomiting.
So never ignore these symptoms.
Like I always say early diagnosis is key to better treatment and recovery. Rejoice:)