RH National Heart Center Saves Child Using ECMO
RH National Heart Center Saves Child Using ECMO8/8/2016
The National Heart Center at the Royal Hospital (RH) has accomplished a first-of-its-kind achievement in the Sultanate when saving a one-year and 3-month baby girl with acute respiratory infections by using a new therapeutic technique. A medical staff in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit succeeded in administering the technique of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) to support the heart and lungs of the patient.
The procedure represents in performing a surgery to the patient with the aim of changing the blood course from the two vena cava to an oxygenized device that works on transferring the blood to a pump in order to prevent the blood from passing into the heart, Dr. Balqees Al Noobi, IC Senior Specialist illustrated.
Dr. Suad Al Ismaili pointed out that the ECMO is the latest therapeutic methods that is followed on the international level in the field of acute respiratory infections treatment. The technique temporarily takes over the function of the heart and lungs and it is used when the patient could not response to the other medical methods including drugs and surgical interventions.