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Rebuttal from Dr Morris et al

Alan H. Morris, MD, FCCP; Eliotte Hirshberg, MD; Russell R. Miller, III, MD; Kimberly D. Statler, MD; R. Duncan Hite, MD, FCCP
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From the Intermountain Medical Center (Drs Morris, Hirshberg, and Miller); the Health Sciences Center, University of Utah (Drs Hirshberg and Statler); and the Wake Forest University School of Medicine (Dr Hite).

Correspondence to: Alan H. Morris, MD, Sorenson Heart-Lung Center-6th Floor, 5121 South Cottonwood St, Murray, UT 84157-7000; e-mail: alan.morris@imail.org


Financial/nonfinancial disclosures: The authors have reported to CHEST the following conflicts of interest: Dr Morris received grant monies from Agency for Health Care Policy and Research for the initial work. Dr Hite is a shareholder of Discover Laboratories and a member of the Data Safety and Monitoring Board, Cumberland Pharmaceuticals, 2006 to present. Drs Hirshberg, Miller, and Statler have reported to CHEST that no potential conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (http://www.chestpubs.org/site/misc/reprints.xhtml).


© 2010 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2010;138(4):783-784. doi:10.1378/chest.10-1794
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By limiting their comments to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), Park et al1 omit consideration of the second of two rigorous randomized clinical trials of extracorporeal life support (ECLS), extracorporeal CO2 removal (ECCO2R). Neither of these randomized controlled clinical trials, using the best available technology of their times, produced evidence of efficacy of ECMO or ECCO2R.2,3

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