The mechanical circulatory support (MCS) program of the Semmelweis University Heart and Vascular Centre has become established over the last five years. The main requirements of our MCS program to be developed first were the Heart Transplantation and Heart Failure Intensive Care Unit and a well trained medical team. The wide range of mechanical circulatory support devices provides suitable background for the adequate treatment of our patients in all indications. In this review, we present our results related to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) supports performed in the last five years. Between 2012 and 2017, we applied MCS support in 140 cases, among them 111patients received ECMO support. The leading indications of ECMO support were the following: Primary graft failure after heart transplantation (33 cases), postcardiotomy cardiogenic shock (18 patients), acute decompensation of end-stage heart failure (14 patients), acute myocardial infarction complicated with refractory cardiogenic shock (37 patients), cardiogenic shock developed after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (3 patients), malignant arrhythmia due to drug intoxication (1 patient) and acute respiratory distress syndrome (4 cases). The mortality of patients receiving ECMO support was 46%. The analysis of the results of ECMO support needs to change our approach. The mortality results show that we lost the half of our patients. However, the mortality in the conventionally treated patients would have been 100% without ECMO. In fact, we could save the life of half of these patients.
|Translated title of the contribution||The Semmelweis University extracorporeal membrane oxygenation program - 5 years' results and perspectives|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 1 2018|
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