International Perfusion Association


Using Cardiohelp, Quadrox, and Nautilus Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenators as Vascular Access for Hemodialysis, Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy, and Plasmapheresis: A Brief Technical Report

The use of intermittent hemodialysis (iHD), and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT), along with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is very common. In this technical report, we describe the methods to perform these dialytic therapies safely and effectively using the ECMO circuit in lieu of a separate dialysis catheter. Specifically, we describe in detail how to connect these kidney replacement therapy modalities to a Quadrox, Nautilus, and Cardiohelp HLS (combined oxygenator and pump) oxygenator. The dialysis (iHD or CRRT) inlet is attached to the post-oxygenators Luer-Lock, whereas the return is attached to the pre-oxygenator Luer-Lock, both with a dual lumen pigtail. We also discuss the technical aspects of performing plasmapheresis in conjunction with ECMO and iHD or CRRT. Finally, we highlight the fact that the reported technique does not require modifying the ECMO cannulas/tubing which helps maximize safety.

ASAIO J 2023 Nov 1;69(11):e455-e459.

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