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Resuscitation. 2011 Sep;82(9):1243-5. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2011.03.022. Epub 2011 Mar 31.

Out-of-hospital extracorporeal life support for cardiac arrest-A case report.

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Department of Anesthesiology, Aeromedical Service, University Hospital Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany.


We report the use of out-of-hospital extracorporeal life support (ECLS) in cardiac arrest. We treated a 9-year-old girl with cardiac arrest after warm-water drowning with percutaneous venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) using a new portable Mini-ECMO system. A beating-heart circulation was reestablished on ECMO, but, unfortunately, our patient did not survive. This case shows that Mini-ECMO support can be used to restore an effective circulation and gas exchange in the out-of-hospital setting.

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