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Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a mechanical life support for refractory respiratory and/or cardiac failure. Our research evaluates biomarker's changes associated with clinical interventions (ventilator changes, prone positioning, etc) for patients on ECMO. Quality improvement ECMO projects include evaluating nurses as the ECMO bedside specialist, physical therapy for severe ARDS patients on ECMO, and anticoagulation.

Visit the UCSD ECMO website here

UCSD ECMO Life Support Patient and Family Education (English)

UCSD ECMO Life Support Patient and Family Education (Spanish)

Recent publications: 

Illum B, Odish M, Minokadeh A, Yi C, Owens RL, Pollema T, LaBuzetta JN. Evaluation, Treatment, and Impact of Neurologic Injury in Adult Patients on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: a Review. Curr Treat Options Neurol. 2021;23(5):15. doi: 10.1007/s11940-021-00671-7. Epub 2021 Mar 31. PMID: 33814895; PMCID: PMC8009934.

Odish MF, Yang J, Cheng G, Yi C, Golts E, Madani M, Pollema T, Owens RL. Treatment of Bronchopleural and Alveolopleural Fistulas in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome With Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, a Case Series and Literature Review. Crit Care Explor. 2021 May 14;3(5):e0393. doi: 10.1097/CCE.0000000000000393. PMID: 34036268; PMCID: PMC8133109.

Odish MF, McGuire WC, Thistlethwaite P, Crotty Alexander LE. Bleomycin-induced lung injury treated with venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and ultra-protective ventilator settings. BMJ Case Rep. 2020 Nov 23;13(11):e236474. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2020-236474. PMID: 33229479; PMCID: PMC7684647.