A high-tech device that oxygenates a patient’s entire blood supply outside their body, then pumps it back in to provide life-giving oxygen to vital organs, may enable severely ill patients to survive the coronavirus, medical researchers say.
Called an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation system (ECMO), the device gives patients a fighting chance at survival after their lungs have been so ravaged by the virus that they can’t provide enough oxygen.
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