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extracorporeal life support

noun

medical Definition of extracorporeal life support

:life support used when a patient is experiencing cardiac or pulmonary failure unresponsive to conventional therapies (such as mechanical ventilation) that typically involves the continuous extracorporeal oxygenation of blood pumped from the body; especially :extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
  • Extracorporeal life support (ECLS, also known as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) is the use of a modified heart-lung machine for days or weeks to support life and permit treatment and recovery during severe cardiac or pulmonary failure.
  • —Robert H. Bartlett et al.The Journal of the American Medical Association16 Feb. 2000
abbreviation ECLS

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