extracorporeal membrane oxygenator
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extracorporeal membrane oxygenator (ECMO)
a device that oxygenates a patient's blood outside the body and returns the blood to the patient's circulatory system. The technique may be used to support an impaired respiratory system.
extracorporeal membrane oxygenatorAbbreviation: ECMO
A device that circulates blood, removes carbon dioxide from it, and adds oxygen to it. The blood is warmed to an appropriate temperature and recirculated to the patient. ECMO is used in patients with acute respiratory distress that has not responded to conventional mechanical ventilation, as well as in patients with meconium aspiration syndrome, pneumonia, and persistent pulmonary hypertension.
See also: oxygenator