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Will Recovering COVID-19 Patients Soon Be Walking Around on ECMO?

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This year's winner of the STS 'Shark Tank' session
A compact extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) system built for mobility was greeted with enthusiasm at the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) virtual meeting.

The Breethe Oxy-1 machine was designed for prolonged use in critically ill patients, providing veno-venous or veno-arterial support in either bedside or portable modes. Another notable feature of Breethe is the divided gas path design that separates oxygenation from carbon dioxide removal, according to Bartley Griffith, MD, of University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.

At the STS meeting, the ambulatory ECMO system informally won the "Shark Tank" session with 42% of audience votes.

Abiomed had acquired the device in May 2020. In October, the company received FDA 510(k) clearance for the Breethe to be used for ECMO in cardiogenic…
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