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How well does ecmo work for ivh?

How well does ecmo work for ivh?

Contraindicated: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ecmo) is contraindicated in cases of severe intracranial or intraventricular hemorrhage (ivh). During ecmo, anti-coagulation therapy (blood thinning) is necessary which can worsen this condition. ...Read more

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Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (Definition)

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a procedure for getting oxygen into the blood ...Read more


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How long can a baby live on ecmo machine?

How long can a baby live on ecmo machine?

Depends on diagnosis: Several days to weeks at least, depends on if the problem is with the heart or lungs. ...Read more

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Has anyone out there had a child go onto ecmo? For what reason?

Has anyone out there had a child go onto ecmo? For what reason?

ECMO: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation can be thought of as a longer term cardiopulmonary bypass machine. Strict criteria has to be met before physicians (surgeons and icu) even consider placing a child on ecmo. These include reversible lung injury, no lethal malformations, no major untreatable cardiac malformation, and most importantly - failure of maximal medical therapy. ...Read more

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I've heard there is a time limit that babies can be kept on a ecmo machine. Why and what do they do then?

I've heard there is a time limit that babies can be kept on a ecmo machine. Why and what do they do then?

ECMO: Typically one week is the time babies are on ecmo. Hopefully by that time lungs have recovered from the baselin insult or heart condition in improved or coerrected. Babies are slowly weaned from the ecmo support daily. While ecmo, babies are heparinised which can have significant possible complications. ...Read more

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Under what circumstances is ecmo used for newborns? When is ecmo used, and how long do babies typically need it for?

Under what circumstances is ecmo used for newborns? When is ecmo used, and how long do babies typically need it for?

Many conditions: There are many conditions for which ecmo is used. Some of the more common ones are very low oxygen levels due to immature lungs or meconium aspiration (when baby inhales their own poop before they are born) or heart disease from abnormal anatomy/development. ...Read more

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How does ecmo work to fix hyaline membrane disease?

How does ecmo work to fix hyaline membrane disease?

Lung 'rest': Hyaline membrane disease (hmd) or neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (rds) is usually a disease of premature babies which may limit the feasibility of ecmo (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) in certain patients. But, if the child is a candidate for and receives ecmo, the lungs are given a period of time to recover while the machine provides oxygen to and clears carbon dioxide from the body. ...Read more

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Am I dying?

Am I dying?

We all are: A 3-word question with no details... well, life is short on Earth, regardless of whether a person lives 3 days, 3000 days, or 30,000 days. It is not length of one's life that matters, but the quality of the life lived. The goal is not to live a long life, but to live a good life. Even if a person makes it all the way to age 82, that's only 30,000 days. ...Read more

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I have cold?

I have cold?

Symptoms?: The most common symptoms of a cold are sneezing, running nose, congestion and scratchy throat. Additional symptoms can be coughing, headaches, mucus dripping down the back of the throat, loss of appetite and fever (in children). ...Read more

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I have cold?

I have cold?

Cold: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. Fever/ pain – Acetaminophen / nsaid’s rest! ...Read more

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What is asp?

What is asp?

In acupuncture an: Asp is an acupuncture semi-permanent needle. They are made in germany & come in stainless steel, gold, silver & titanium. They are used for auricular (ear) acupuncture. They are usually referred to as "asp's". ...Read more

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Pls help me?

Help: In order to assist you - you need to provide us with more information. Please re-ask and clarify the question that you need help with. Take care. ...Read more

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Am i dying ?

I don't know: I don't know, john. Technically, every person who is alive will die someday, yes. But unless you have been diagnosed with some untreatable illness, then no, you are not actively dying. If this is something you worry about a lot, mention it to one of your parents, a close adult friend, or a school counselor. A lot of people have these kinds of worries and you can get help to not worry so much. ...Read more

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Is it free ?

Is it free ?

Yes, this is free if: If you did not ask for premium, paid services, then this HealthTap BASIC is free. Post your question in English, with good grammar and spelling, and one or more of the thousands of volunteer doctors will answer it. They might skip repetitive questions, or ones that have too many abbreviations, or are otherwise hard to understand. (HealthTap's premium services include virtual medicine appointments) ...Read more