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Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation saves lives

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7050.135 (Published 20 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:135

The lives of severely ill newborn babies can be saved by a technique for providing life support outside the body, known as extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), say British researchers.

The UK Collaborative ECMO Trial Group estimate that the technique, in which blood is pumped through an oxygenator and returned to the body, could save up to 200 babies at high risk of death from respiratory …

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