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.