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ECMO therapy at Apollo Hospitals, Chennai has helped in the recovery of lung function for a majority of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted by Apollo Hospitals | 18 Nov,2021

Apollo Hospitals, Chennai has been a pioneer in utilizing extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). During the brutal second wave of COVID-19, the team broke records by successfully helping lung function to recover in the largest number of patients in India.

In ECMO, patient’s blood is purified and oxygenated through large tubes placed inside large veins (close to the heart) and returned back by means of a pump. In the majority of patients who had COVID-19 with lung failure, only lung support was required. In a small number of patients, it was required for the support of the heart function also.

Ms. Suneeta Reddy, Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “In order to establish a state of the art ECMO unit that can deliver outcomes on par with the best units in the world, many streams of expertise, knowledge and skill from medical, nursing, perfusion technology as well as management and administrative streams have to come together. It is with a deep satisfaction that I acknowledge that it has happened at a time when it was needed the most.”

Read more about Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)

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18 Nov,2021
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