Intrahospital Transport of a Critically Ill Patient on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Support with Severe Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome due to COVID-19

Hergünsel G. O. , Güreşçi Zeydan A., Kandemir C., Eser B. I. , Altun D.

Medical Journal of Bakırköy, vol.17, no.4, pp.432-435, 2021 (Journal Indexed in ESCI)

  • Publication Type: Article / Case Report
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.4274/bmj.galenos.2021.63496
  • Title of Journal : Medical Journal of Bakırköy
  • Page Numbers: pp.432-435


Patients who do not respond to conventional mechanical ventilation (MV) support for respiratory failure due to the Coronavirus disease-19 may require the support of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Intrahospital transportation of critically ill patients under MV and ECMO support carries potential risks that could be life-threatening. A structured process performed by a professional team plays a vital role in improving patient safety during transportation of the patient. In this presentation, we aim to share our experiences during the intrahospital transportation of a patient on ECMO support with appropriate equipment and a team of experienced personal.