A device that helps oxygenate a severely sick COVID-19 pneumonia patient’s blood without the need to transfer oxygen through filled lungs
"This is a novel virus, and we are constantly working together as a team to provide extreme therapy with limited resources," said Dr. Riley. "Not only are we thankful to see our patient survive, but also to assist by sharing our processes and protocols with our statewide preparedness team, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health and the Arizona Department of Health Services. We hope this will lead to more survivors."
"We are now being contacted by other prestigious medical centers across the United States, seeking advice on what we have done," said Dr. Garcia. “Right now, Dr. Riley and I are working with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health and the Arizona Department of Health Services to set up statewide preparedness with the list of processes and protocols that have been developed."
Currently, this patient is one of the first COVID-19 ECMO survivors in the country documented through the national registry Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), an international non-profit consortium of healthcare institutions who are dedicated to the development and evaluation of novel therapies of failing organ systems. The registry currently lists only 10 survivors worldwide.
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