Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation and Thoratec Pneumatic Ventricular Assist Devices as Double Bridge to Heart Transplantation

Transplantation Proceedings, 05/11/2012

The authors used extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) as a rescue procedure for acute hemodynamic deterioration. However, during ECMO support, left ventricular afterload increased. If prolonged support is required, Thoratec pneumatic ventricular assist device (TpVAD) might be required: 15 of patients supported by ECMO with TpVAD needed to a wait a suitable donor. The authors recommend the application of ECMO for short–term support, and TpVAD as a bridge for medium– or long–term support.

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