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UK trial of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation gave biased estimate of efficacy

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 13 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:738
  1. Frank Shann, Director of intensive care. (
  1. Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, 3052, Australia

    EDITOR—Roberts et al say that extracorporeal membrane oxygenation lowers neonatal mortality at an acceptable cost.1 Their analysis, however, is based on the United Kingdom trial of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, in which babies were randomised to receive either conventional mechanical ventilation in one of 55 neonatal units or …

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