March 12, 2014
UAB Uses ECMO to Save Carbon Monoxide Victim
ECMO takes on the function of the heart and lungs by routing the patient’s blood into the machine where carbon dioxide is removed and oxygen is added. The blood is then pumped back into the body. “This technology has improved over time, and there have been many advances in the machines that have made ECMO much safer with wider applications,” said Enrique Diaz, M.D., associate professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine.