International Perfusion Association


A Multipurpose Extracorporeal Life Support Circuit: A Concept for Multiorgan Transplant and Circulatory Support Service Healthcare Provider

The demand for efficient and adaptable life support systems in the field of Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) is steadily increasing. To meet this growing need, there is a requirement for a versatile extracorporeal life support circuit that can be effectively applied in various medical scenarios, especially in tertiary hospitals where multiple ECLS services are utilized. These services include Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) for addressing respiratory or cardiac problems, Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) as a bridge to recovery or heart transplant, and Venovenous Bypass (VVB) for assisting liver transplantation. In light of this, we propose the creation of a multipurpose circuit that integrates multiple extracorporeal life support (ECLS) functions to cater to diverse medical needs. This innovative circuit not only offers cost-effectiveness and enhanced safety but also ensures optimal utilization, thereby revolutionizing the realm of life support technologies.

Originally Posted on JECT

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