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Progress of extracorporeal life support system in  treatment of critical patients

XU Tian-xiang1,2, WANG Xiao-xia1,3, JI Wu1   

  1. 1.Nanjing General Hospital of Nanjing Military Command, PLA Research Institute of General Surgery, Southern Medical University, Nanjing 210002, China; 2.Center of Tumor, Inner Mongolia Peoples Hospital, Hohhot 010017, China; 3.Intensive Care Unit, Inner Mongolia People's Hospital, Hohhot 010017, China
  • Online:2016-05-28 Published:2016-05-26
  • Supported by:

    Project in “the 12th Five-Year” Plan of PLA, AWS11J003; Project of Nanjing Military Armament Department, 12Z007


With the development of cardiopulmonary support system, continuous renal replacement therapy, and artificial liver support system, the roles of extracorporeal life support in treating patients in the perioperative period or critical patients are attracting more and more attention. The miniaturization of machines and technology innovations make life support systems run from operating rooms to the bedside and become portable and mobile. With the help of life support systems, it is possible for pre-hospital critical patients to be transported or transferred. This paper reviews applications and prospects of extracorporeal life support systems for the treatment of critical patients.

Key words: extracorporeal life support, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, continuous renal replacement therapies, artificial liver support system