Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for 2009 influenza A(H1N1) severe respiratory failure in Japan
Journal of Anesthesia, 06/12/2012
Takeda S et al. – Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy for H1N1–related severe respiratory failure in Japan has very poor outcomes, and most patients developed adverse events. However, this result does not refute the effectiveness of ECMO. One possible cause of these poor outcomes is the lack of satisfactory equipment, therapeutic guidelines, and systems for patient transfer to central facilities.