Improved cannulation method for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation

Robert Read, John St Cyr, Susan Tornabene, Glenn Whitman

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Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation has been shown to be useful for patients in reversible cardiogenic shock. Effective arterial cannulation techniques for infants have been developed that are simple to use and require minimal subsequent vascular repair or reconstruction after removal. Groin cannulation in adults frequently requires bidirectional arterial cannulation to ensure adequate distal perfusion as well as frequent complex arterial repairs after discontinuation. We describe a simple arterial cannulation technique using a single rightangle, high-flow arterial cannula. With this technique adequate bidirectional arterial perfusion is maintained with a single arterial cannula while the need for vascular repairs or reconstruction is minimized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)670-671
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery

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