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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 67-70

Complex necrotizing soft-tissue infections managed with extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation: 10-year follow-up

1 Department of Surgery, Summa Akron City Hospital, Akron, USA
2 Diamond Hill Capital Management, Columbus, USA
3 Department of Surgery, The Medical Center of Aurora, Aurora, CO; Department of Surgery, Northeast Ohio Medical Universities, Rootstown, OH, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Melissa E Pastoressa
Department of Surgery, Summa Health System, 55 Arch Street, Suite 2F, Akron, OH 44304-1423
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJAM.IJAM_26_18

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The use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) was initially used to support patients in acute cardiopulmonary failure, but its utility has expanded to include a broadspectrum of patients with complex medical conditions. As a growing number of cases continue to mount to prove its successes, ECMO has emerged as a versatile treatment modality in a wide range of clinical scenarios. While the literature documents many successes regarding short-term outcomes, long-term data are lacking. We previously reported two separate cases of profound septic shock where ECMO was implemented as rescue therapy and both patients were able to be successfully discharged. We now provide an update to one of those cases to demonstrate long-term meaningful outcomes in a case where ECMO was utilized successfully. The following core competencies are addressed in this article: Medical knowledge, Patient care and procedural skills, and Systems-based practice.

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