A simulation study of left ventricular decompression using a double lumen arterial cannula prototype during a veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation


Veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA ECMO) can be vital to support patients in severe or rapidly progressing cardiogenic shock. In cases of left ventricular distension, left ventricular decompression during VA ECMO may be a crucial factor influencing the patient outcome. Application of a double lumen arterial cannula for a left ventricular unloading is an alternative, straightforward method for left ventricular decompression during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in a veno-arterial configuration.

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