ECMO-Extracorporeal Life Support in Adults

  • Fabio Sangalli
  • Nicolò Patroniti
  • Antonio Pesenti

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. History and Technical Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Fabio Sangalli, Chiara Marzorati, Nerlep K. Rana
      Pages 3-10
    3. Antonio F. Arcadipane, Giovanna Panarello
      Pages 11-18
    4. Vittorio Scaravilli, Alberto Zanella, Fabio Sangalli, Nicolò Patroniti
      Pages 19-36
    5. Maurizio Migliari, Roberto Marcolin, Leonello Avalli, Michela Bombino
      Pages 37-48
    6. Francesco Formica, Silvia Mariani, Giovanni Paolini
      Pages 49-63
    7. Umberto Borrelli, Cristina Costa
      Pages 65-76
  3. ECMO for Circulatory Support

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Michele G. Mondino, Filippo Milazzo, Roberto Paino, Roberto Fumagalli
      Pages 93-103
    3. Francesco Formica, Fabio Sangalli, Antonio Pesenti
      Pages 105-116
    4. Leonello Avalli, Margherita Scanziani, Elena Maggioni, Fabio Sangalli
      Pages 117-125
    5. Massimo Baiocchi, Fabio Caramelli, Guido Frascaroli
      Pages 127-136
    6. Barbara Cortinovis, Monica Scanziani, Simona Celotti
      Pages 137-149
    7. Fabio Ramponi, Paul Forrest, John F. Fraser, Korana Musicki, Michael P. Vallely
      Pages 151-161
    8. Peter Mair, Elfriede Ruttmann
      Pages 163-170
    9. Piergiorgio Bruno, Piero Farina, Massimo Massetti
      Pages 171-177
    10. Michela Bombino, Sara Redaelli, Antonio Pesenti
      Pages 179-192
    11. Gianluca Greco, Barbara Cortinovis, Leonello Avalli
      Pages 193-206
    12. Anna Coppo, Lucia Galbiati, Gianluigi Redaelli
      Pages 207-215
  4. ECMO for Respiratory Support

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Giacomo Bellani, Giacomo Grasselli, Antonio Pesenti
      Pages 239-248
    3. Alberto Zanella, Francesco Mojoli, Luigi Castagna, Nicolò Patroniti
      Pages 249-263
    4. Maria Grazia Calabrò, Federico Pappalardo, Alberto Zangrillo
      Pages 265-272
    5. Alia Noorani, Alain Vuylsteke
      Pages 273-280
    6. Giorgio A. Iotti, Francesco Mojoli, Mirko Belliato
      Pages 281-291
    7. Stefania Crotti, Alfredo Lissoni
      Pages 293-302
    8. Vito Fanelli, Andrea Costamagna, Pierpaolo P. Terragni, V. Marco Ranieri
      Pages 303-315
    9. Giacomo Grasselli, Paolo Mangili, Simone Sosio, Nicolò Patroniti
      Pages 317-323
  5. ECMO for Organ Procurement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 325-325
    2. Marinella Zanierato, Francesco Mojoli, Antonio Braschi
      Pages 327-335
    3. Franco Valenza, Jacopo Fumagalli, Valentina Salice, Luciano Gattinoni
      Pages 337-342
  6. Monitoring the ECMO Patient

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 343-343
    2. Michela Bombino, Sara Redaelli, Nicolò Patroniti
      Pages 345-359
    3. Nicola Bianco, Leonello Avalli, Fabio Sangalli
      Pages 361-374
    4. Fabio Guarracino, Rubia Baldassarri
      Pages 375-382
    5. Daniela Pasero, Pietro Persico, Tommaso Tenaglia, Vito Marco Ranieri
      Pages 383-388
    6. Paolo Zanatta, Enrico Bosco, Alessandro Forti, Elvio Polesel, Carlo Sorbara
      Pages 389-399
    7. Stefano Isgrò, Francesco Mojoli, Leonello Avalli
      Pages 401-411
  7. Complications of ECMO

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 413-413
    2. Antonio Rubino, Richard Haddon, Fabrizio Corti, Fabio Sangalli
      Pages 415-423
    3. Lisen Hockings, Alain Vuylsteke
      Pages 425-441
  8. Transport of the ECMO Patient

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 443-443
    2. Antonio F. Arcadipane, Gennaro Martucci
      Pages 445-453
    3. Stefano Isgrò, Roberto Rona, Nicolò Patroniti
      Pages 455-460
  9. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 461-461
    2. Marco Giani, Alberto Zanella, Fabio Sangalli, Antonio Pesenti
      Pages 463-472
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 473-489

About this book


Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) has been in clinical use for some 40 years, but it is only in the past decade that its application in the treatment of life-threatening circulatory and respiratory failure has truly flourished.

This book presents a comprehensive overview of both pathophysiological and practical aspects of circulatory and respiratory extracorporeal support. The basics of ECMO, including its history, the “ECMO team”, cannulation, materials, and blood-surface interactions, are first discussed. The various indications for and particular characteristics of circulatory and respiratory extracorporeal life support are then described in detail in the main part of the book. Patient care during ECMO and monitoring of the ECMO patient are also carefully covered, with explanation of the management of technical and clinical complications and transport-related problems. Further topics include long-term therapy options beyond ECMO, such as ventricular assist devices and transplants, outcome, the new frontiers of ECMO for organ procurement and future challenges.

The authors are well-known experts in the field whose authoritative contributions and attention to practical aspects will be invaluable for novices and experienced practitioners alike.


Acute respiratory failure Cardiac failure ECMO Extracorporeal life support Mechanical circulatory support

Editors and affiliations

  • Fabio Sangalli
    • 1
  • Nicolò Patroniti
    • 2
  • Antonio Pesenti
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care MedicineSan Gerardo HospitalMonza (MB)Italy
  2. 2.Department of Health Sciences MedicineUniversity of Milano-Bicocca, San Gerardo HospitalMonza (MB)Italy
  3. 3.Health Science DepartementUniversità Milano Bicocca Facoltà Medicina e ChirurgiaMonza (MB)Italy

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