medical Definition of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
- One approach to preventing ventilator-induced lung injury is to avoid mechanical ventilation and instead use extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).
- —Arthur S. Slutsky et al., The New England Journal of Medicine, 28 Nov. 2013
- … doctors quickly equipped her with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, an artificial-lung system known as ECMO, that draws blood from veins near the heart, filters out the carbon dioxide and replenishes the blood with oxygen, before returning it at body temperature back to the heart.
- —David Templeton, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 16 Sept. 2014