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Critical Care: Critical Care Nonpulmonary |

Value of ECMO Support in Palliative Care for Postcardiotomy End-Stage Heart Failure Patients

Tsung-Po Tsai, PhD; An-Hua Sun, MBA; Su-Chin Tsao, NP; Jung-Ming Yu, MD; Shih-Chen Tsai, MD; Heng Su, MD
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Chung Shan Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;149(4_S):A174. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.02.180
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SESSION TITLE: Critical Care Nonpulmonary

SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster

PRESENTED ON: Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

PURPOSE: Once patients (pts) developed post-cardiotomy end- stage heart failure, the mortality rate was very high. Using extracorporeal membrance oxygenation (ECMO) support as palliative/spiritual care for those either in conscious or in comatose state is a valuable alternative. These pts do need a palliative or hospice care program to support them and their family member through the dying and the bereavement period. We reviewed our cases retrospectively and assured the value of palliative / spiritual care in these pts with nearly medical futility.

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