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Blood oxygenation cut swine flu deaths

6th October 2011

A study from UK researchers has shown that patients with severe 2009 H1N1 influenza were more likely to survive if they were treated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

The study, presented at the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine meeting in Berlin, compared in-hospital death rates in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) who were treated with the blood oxygenation system, with death rates in similarly ill patients not treated with ECMO. The researchers from Leicester had wanted to investigate further the value of ECMO because it is twice as costly as usual care.


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