The ABCDE approach to difficult weaning from venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation

Christiaan L. Meuwese*, Daniel Brodie, Dirk W. Donker

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Abstract

Venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA ECMO) has been increasingly applied in patients with cardiogenic shock in recent years. Nevertheless, many patients cannot be successfully weaned from VA ECMO support and 1-year mortality remains high. A systematic approach could help to optimize clinical management in favor of weaning by identifying important factors in individual patients. Here, we provide an overview of pivotal factors that potentially prevent successful weaning of VA ECMO. We present this through a rigorous approach following the relatable acronym ABCDE, in order to facilitate widespread use in daily practice.

Original languageEnglish
Article number216
JournalCritical Care
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2022

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