Blood Oxygenator Used For Respiratory Distress
Pulmonary insufficiency in neonates with respiratory distress syndrome and in children with cystic fibrosis potentially may be reversed with the help of a device to assist cardiac oxygenation, according to clinicians from Children's Hospital in Philadelphia.The oxygenator has been used in 15 selected instances to date, William J. Rashkind, MD, told JAMAMedical News.None of the six infants with respiratory distress syndrome ( RDS) or eight cystic fibrosis patients have survived. However, relief of symptoms has been noted during use of the device for up to 27 hours.
Six years ago, the oxygenator was used during surgery to aid a cyanotic child with transposition of the great vessels. She is alive and asymptomatic.The oxygenator functions as an arteriovenous fistula, usually placed at the femoral level. Blood is pumped through the device by the action of the heart itself.As