Fast confirmation of correct position of distal perfusion cannula during venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
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Lower extremity ischemia is a serious complication in patients treated with venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (vaECMO). The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) database reports a 5% incidence of ischemic leg complications, leading to leg amputation in 1% of the vaECMO runs. Pacing a distal perfusion catheter (DPC) in the superficial femoral artery and confirming correct placement are essential.
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D. Reis Miranda has received speaking fees from Xenios GmbH and HillRom. The other authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.
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