International retrieval of adults on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support

P. Forrest*, J. Y. Cheong, M. P. Vallely, P. J. Torzillo, P. N. Hendel, M. K. Wilson, P. G. Bannon, M. S. Bayfield, R. Herkes, S. W. Walker

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A retrieval service was established in New South Wales to provide mobile extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support to patients with severe, acute cardiac or respiratory failure. This service has also retrieved four adult patients from Nouméa, New Caledonia to Sydney on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support, which are the first international retrievals of this type from Australia. We discuss our experience with these patients, three of whom survived to hospital discharge. However, one patient referred from New Caledonia died before extracorporeal membrane oxygenation could be established.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1082-1085
Number of pages4
JournalAnaesthesia and Intensive Care
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • ECMO
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
  • Patient retrieval


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