Therography and ECMO

Tyler Posten, Perfusionist

Therography and ECMO

Vivacity Perfusion is looking for qualified personnel interested in participating in a study that will determine if thermography can be used for easy, readily available, non-invasive process in the discovery of limb ischemia. For more than half a century, medical practitioners have used CPB (Cardiopulmonary Bypass) and ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) for use as a long standing cardiopulmonary support in line with heart and lung procedures [1]. However, gaining access in these patients have been a challenge at many centers. To solve this predicament, many methods and practices have been developed, some of which bring their own complications. ECMO support and percutaneous cannulation are detrimental for the survival of these patients. Studies show that up to 16.9% patients experiencing limb ischemia, with 8.8% developing Harlequin Syndrome[1].

[1] Rupprecht, L., Lunz, D., Philipp, A., Lubnow, M., Schmid, C. Pitfalls in percutaneous ECMO cannulation. Heart, Lung and Vessels. 2015;7(4):320-326


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