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What is ECPR ?

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    ECPR can be defined as the implantation of veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) in a patient who experienced a sudden and unexpected pulseless condition attributable to cessation of cardiac mechanical activity.  ECPR is now recognized in Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) and American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines as a technique that can be considered in selected patients in cardiac arrest.

    Many prospective or retrospective studies showed a superiority of ECPR on conventional CPR in increasing the odd of survival and of a good neurologic outcome.