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What is ECMO, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, and how is it being used to help severe COVID-19 patients? – ABC News

As evidence mounts that severe COVID-19 affects our blood vessels, doctors are using a technology called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation to help severe COVID-19 patients. Here’s how that works.

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Every day we’re hearing about the number of coronavirus cases in Australia, how many people are in hospital, in intensive care units and on ventilators.
But there is another technique you may not have heard of that’s starting to be used more and more frequently in very severe cases of COVID-19, according to intensive care specialist John Fraser extracorporeal membrane oxygenation or ECMO (pronounced ECK-moh).
We haven’t had to use ECMO much in Australia yet due to our low COVID-19 case numbers…

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