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

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

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Italia 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Milano
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-88-470-5426-4
  • Online ISBN 978-88-470-5427-1
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