Letters Extracorporeal life support

Is recommended for severe accidental hypothermia

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c7411 (Published 30 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7411
  1. Les Gordon, consultant anaesthetist1,
  2. Giles J Peek, consultant in cardiothoracic surgery and ECMO2,
  3. John A Ellerton, medical officer 3
  1. 1Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Ashton Road, Lancaster, LA1 4RP
  2. 2East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, UK
  3. 3Mountain Rescue England and Wales, UK
  1. hlgordon{at}btinternet.com

Gaffney and colleagues provide a useful overview of extracorporeal life support but fail to mention one important area—the rewarming of patients with severe accidental hypothermia accompanied by apnoea and cardiac arrest.1 Many reports describe the successful use of cardiopulmonary bypass, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), and …

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