Log in | Register

Venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for acute respiratory failure : A clinical review from an international group of experts

Eddy Fan| Luciano Gattinoni| Alain Combes| Matthieu Schmidt| Giles Peek| Dan Brodie| Thomas Muller| Andrea Morelli| V. Marco Ranieri| Antonio Pesenti| Laurent Brochard| Carol Hodgson| Cecile Van Kiersbilck| Antoine Roch| Michael Quintel| Laurent Papazian
Review
Volume 42, Issue 5 / May , 2016

Pages 712 - 724

Abstract

Despite expensive life-sustaining interventions delivered in the ICU, mortality and morbidity in patients with acute respiratory failure (ARF) remain unacceptably high. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) has emerged as a promising intervention that may provide more efficacious supportive care to these patients. Improvements in technology have made ECMO safer and easier to use, allowing for the potential of more widespread application in patients with ARF. A greater appreciation of the complications associated with the placement of an artificial airway and mechanical ventilation has led clinicians and researchers to seek viable alternatives to providing supportive care in these patients. Thus, this review will summarize the current knowledge regarding the use of venovenous (VV)-ECMO for ARF and describe some of the recent controversies in the field, such as mechanical ventilation, anticoagulation and transfusion therapy, and ethical concerns in patients supported with VV-ECMO.

Keywords

References

  1. Hill JD, O’Brien TG, Murray JJ et al (1972) Prolonged extracorporeal oxygenation for acute post-traumatic respiratory failure (shock-lung syndrome). Use of the Bramson membrane lung. N Engl J Med 286:629–634. doi:10.1056/NEJM197203232861204
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  2. Gille JP, Bagniewski AM (1976) Ten years of use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in the treatment of acute respiratory insufficiency (ARI). Trans Am Soc Artif Intern Organs 22:102–109
    • View reference on PubMed
  3. Zapol WM, Snider MT, Hill JD et al (1979) Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in severe acute respiratory failure. A randomized prospective study. JAMA 242:2193–2196
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  4. Kolobow T, Gattinoni L, Tomlinson T, Pierce JE (1978) An alternative to breathing. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 75:261–266
    • View reference on PubMed
  5. Gattinoni L, Iapichino G, Kolobow T (1979) Hemodynamic, mechanical and renal effects during “apneic oxygenation” with extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal, at different levels of intrapulmonary pressure in lambs. Int J Artif Organs 2:249–253
    • View reference on PubMed
  6. Gattinoni L, Kolobow T, Tomlinson T et al (1978) Control of intermittent positive pressure breathing (IPPB) by extracorporeal removal of carbon dioxide. Br J Anaesth 50:753–758
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  7. Cressoni M, Caironi P, Polli F et al (2008) Anatomical and functional intrapulmonary shunt in acute respiratory distress syndrome. Crit Care Med 36:669–675. doi:10.1097/01.CCM.0000300276.12074.E1
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  8. Lamy M, Eberhart RC, Fallat RJ et al (1975) Effects of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) on pulmonary hemodynamics, gas exchange and prognose. Trans Am Soc Artif Intern Organs 21:188–198
    • View reference on PubMed
  9. Guervilly C, Dizier S, Thomas G et al (2014) Comparison of femorofemoral and femorojugular configurations during venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for severe ARDS. Intensive Care Med 40:1598–1599. doi:10.1007/s00134-014-3427-0
  10. Combes A, Brodie D, Bartlett R et al (2014) Position paper for the organization of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation programs for acute respiratory failure in adult patients. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 190:488–496
  11. Brodie D, Bacchetta M (2011) Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for ARDS in adults. N Engl J Med 365:1905–1914. doi:10.1056/NEJMct1103720
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  12. Del Sorbo L, Cypel M, Fan E (2014) Extracorporeal life support for adults with severe acute respiratory failure. Lancet Respir Med 2:154–164. doi:10.1016/S2213-2600(13)70197-8
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  13. Australia and New Zealand Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ANZ ECMO) Influenza Investigators, Davies A, Jones D et al (2009) Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for 2009 influenza A(H1N1) acute respiratory distress syndrome. JAMA 302:1888–1895. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1535
    • View reference on publisher's website
  14. Noah MA, Peek GJ, Finney SJ et al (2011) Referral to an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation center and mortality among patients with severe 2009 influenza A(H1N1). JAMA 306:1659–1668. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1471
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  15. Pham T, Combes A, Chevret S et al (2013) Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for pandemic influenza A(H1N1)-induced acute respiratory distress syndrome: a cohort study and propensity-matched analysis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 187:276–285. doi:10.1164/rccm.201205-0815OC
  16. Mikkelsen ME, Woo YJ, Sager JS et al (2009) Outcomes using extracorporeal life support for adult respiratory failure due to status asthmaticus. ASAIO J 55:47–52. doi:10.1097/MAT.0b013e3181901ea5
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  17. Frenckner B, Palmér P, Lindén V (2002) Extracorporeal respiratory support and minimally invasive ventilation in severe ARDS. Minerva Anestesiol 68:381–386
    • View reference on PubMed
  18. Fuehner T, Kuehn C, Hadem J et al (2012) Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in awake patients as bridge to lung transplantation. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 185:763–768. doi:10.1164/rccm.201109-1599OC
  19. Barbaro RP, Odetola FO, Kidwell KM et al (2015) Association of hospital-level volume of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation cases and mortality. Analysis of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization registry. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 191:894–901. doi:10.1164/rccm.201409-1634OC
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  20. Rich PB, Awad SS, Crotti S et al (1998) A prospective comparison of atrio-femoral and femoro-atrial flow in adult venovenous extracorporeal life support. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 116:628–632
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  21. Broman M, Frenckner B, Bjällmark A, Broomé M (2015) Recirculation during veno-venous extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation—a simulation study. Int J Artif Organs 38:23–30. doi:10.5301/ijao.5000373
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  22. Rastan AJ, Lachmann N, Walther T et al (2006) Autopsy findings in patients on postcardiotomy extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Int J Artif Organs 29:1121–1131
    • View reference on PubMed
  23. Combes A, Leprince P, Luyt C-E et al (2008) Outcomes and long-term quality-of-life of patients supported by extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for refractory cardiogenic shock. Crit Care Med 36:1404–1411. doi:10.1097/CCM.0b013e31816f7cf7
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  24. Cooper E, Burns J, Retter A et al (2015) Prevalence of venous thrombosis following venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in patients with severe respiratory failure. Crit Care Med 43:e581–e584. doi:10.1097/CCM.0000000000001277
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  25. Lubnow M, Philipp A, Foltan M et al (2014) Technical complications during veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and their relevance predicting a system-exchange—retrospective analysis of 265 cases. PLoS One 9:e112316. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0112316
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  26. Müller T, Lubnow M, Philipp A et al (2011) Risk of circuit infection in septic patients on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: a preliminary study. Artif Organs 35:E84–E90. doi:10.1111/j.1525-1594.2010.01185.x
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  27. Glick D, Dzierba AL, Abrams D et al (2015) Clinically suspected heparin-induced thrombocytopenia during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. J Crit Care 30:1190–1194. doi:10.1016/j.jcrc.2015.07.030
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  28. Pan KC, McKenzie DP, Pellegrino V et al (2015) The meaning of a high plasma free haemoglobin: retrospective review of the prevalence of haemolysis and circuit thrombosis in an adult ECMO centre over 5 years. Perfusion. doi:10.1177/0267659115595282
    • View reference on PubMed
  29. Weingart C, Lubnow M, Philipp A et al (2015) Comparison of coagulation parameters, anticoagulation, and need for transfusion in patients on interventional lung assist or veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Artif Organs 39:765–773. doi:10.1111/aor.12464
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  30. Peek GJ, Mugford M, Wilson A et al (2009) Efficacy and economic assessment of conventional ventilatory support versus extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for severe adult respiratory failure (CESAR): a multicentre randomised controlled trial. Lancet 374:1351–1363. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(09)61069-2
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  31. Patroniti N, Zangrillo A, Pappalardo F et al (2011) The Italian ECMO network experience during the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic: preparation for severe respiratory emergency outbreaks. Intensive Care Med 37:1447–1457. doi:10.1007/s00134-011-2301-6
  32. Combes A (2011) Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) pour les syndromes de détresse respiratoire aiguë (SDRA) sévères. Reanimation 20:49–61. doi:10.1007/s13546-010-0002-8
    • View reference on publisher's website
  33. Luyt C-E, Combes A, Becquemin M-H et al (2012) Long-term outcomes of pandemic 2009 influenza A(H1N1)-associated severe ARDS. Chest 142:583–592. doi:10.1378/chest.11-2196
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  34. Schmidt M, Zogheib E, Rozé H et al (2013) The PRESERVE mortality risk score and analysis of long-term outcomes after extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for severe acute respiratory distress syndrome. Intensive Care Med 39:1704–1713. doi:10.1007/s00134-013-3037-2
  35. Schmidt M, Bailey M, Sheldrake J et al (2014) Predicting survival after extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for severe acute respiratory failure. The Respiratory Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Survival Prediction (RESP) score. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 189:1374–1382. doi:10.1164/rccm.201311-2023OC
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  36. Hodgson CL, Hayes K, Everard T et al (2012) Long-term quality of life in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for refractory hypoxaemia. Crit Care 16:R202. doi:10.1186/cc11811
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  37. Hemmila MR, Rowe SA, Boules TN et al (2004) Extracorporeal life support for severe acute respiratory distress syndrome in adults. Ann Surg 240:595–605. doi:10.1097/01.sla.0000141159.90676.2d (discussion 605–7)
    • View reference on PubMed
  38. Roch A, Hraiech S, Masson E et al (2014) Outcome of acute respiratory distress syndrome patients treated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and brought to a referral center. Intensive Care Med 40:74–83. doi:10.1007/s00134-013-3135-1
  39. Grasso S, Terragni P, Birocco A et al (2012) ECMO criteria for influenza A (H1N1)-associated ARDS: role of transpulmonary pressure. Intensive Care Med 38:395–403. doi:10.1007/s00134-012-2490-7
  40. Amato MBP, Meade MO, Slutsky AS et al (2015) Driving pressure and survival in the acute respiratory distress syndrome. N Engl J Med 372:747–755. doi:10.1056/NEJMsa1410639
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  41. Gattinoni L, Pesenti A, Mascheroni D et al (1986) Low-frequency positive-pressure ventilation with extracorporeal CO2 removal in severe acute respiratory failure. JAMA 256:881–886
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  42. Gattinoni L, Agostoni A, Pesenti A et al (1980) Treatment of acute respiratory failure with low-frequency positive-pressure ventilation and extracorporeal removal of CO2. Lancet 2:292–294
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  43. Schmidt M, Stewart C, Bailey M et al (2015) Mechanical ventilation management during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for acute respiratory distress syndrome: a retrospective international multicenter study. Crit Care Med 43:654–664. doi:10.1097/CCM.0000000000000753
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  44. Schmidt M, Pellegrino V, Combes A et al (2014) Mechanical ventilation during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Crit Care 18:203. doi:10.1186/cc13702
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  45. Kolobow T, Gattinoni L, Tomlinson TA, Pierce JE (1977) Control of breathing using an extracorporeal membrane lung. Anesthesiology 46:138–141
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  46. Karagiannidis C, Lubnow M, Philipp A et al (2010) Autoregulation of ventilation with neurally adjusted ventilatory assist on extracorporeal lung support. Intensive Care Med 36:2038–2044. doi:10.1007/s00134-010-1982-6
  47. Mauri T, Bellani G, Foti G et al (2011) Successful use of neurally adjusted ventilatory assist in a patient with extremely low respiratory system compliance undergoing ECMO. Intensive Care Med 37:166–167. doi:10.1007/s00134-010-2030-2
  48. Marhong JD, Telesnicki T, Munshi L et al (2014) Mechanical ventilation during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. An international survey. Ann Am Thorac Soc 11:956–961. doi:10.1513/AnnalsATS.201403-100BC
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  49. Marhong JD, Munshi L, Detsky M et al (2015) Mechanical ventilation during extracorporeal life support (ECLS): a systematic review. Intensive Care Med 41:994–1003. doi:10.1007/s00134-015-3716-2
  50. Byrnes J, McKamie W, Swearingen C et al (2011) Hemolysis during cardiac extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: a case–control comparison of roller pumps and centrifugal pumps in a pediatric population. ASAIO J 57:456–461. doi:10.1097/MAT.0b013e31822e2475
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  51. Bembea MM, Annich G, Rycus P et al (2013) Variability in anticoagulation management of patients on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: an international survey. Pediatr Crit Care Med 14:e77–e84. doi:10.1097/PCC.0b013e31827127e4
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  52. Chu DC, Abu-Samra AG, Baird GL et al (2015) Quantitative measurement of heparin in comparison with conventional anticoagulation monitoring and the risk of thrombotic events in adults on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Intensive Care Med 41:369–370. doi:10.1007/s00134-014-3574-3
  53. Herbert DG, Buscher H, Nair P (2014) Prolonged venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation without anticoagulation: a case of Goodpasture syndrome-related pulmonary haemorrhage. Crit Care Resusc 16:69–72
    • View reference on PubMed
  54. Abrams D, Agerstrand CL, Biscotti M et al (2015) Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in the management of diffuse alveolar hemorrhage. ASAIO J 61:216–218. doi:10.1097/MAT.0000000000000183
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  55. Biscotti M, Gannon WD, Abrams D et al (2015) Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation use in patients with traumatic brain injury. Perfusion 30:407–409. doi:10.1177/0267659114554327
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  56. Lynch WR, MacLaren G, Wilson JM, Bartlett RH (2012) ECMO: extracorporeal cardiopulmonary support in critical care, 4 edn. Extracorporeal Life Support Organization, Ann Arbor
  57. Combes A, Bacchetta M, Brodie D et al (2012) Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for respiratory failure in adults. Curr Opin Crit Care 18:99–104. doi:10.1097/MCC.0b013e32834ef412
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  58. Agerstrand CL, Burkart KM, Abrams DC et al (2015) Blood conservation in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for acute respiratory distress syndrome. Ann Thorac Surg 99:590–595. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2014.08.039
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  59. Voelker MT, Busch T, Bercker S et al (2015) Restrictive transfusion practice during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation therapy for severe acute respiratory distress syndrome. Artif Organs 39:374–378. doi:10.1111/aor.12385
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  60. Esper SA, Levy JH, Waters JH, Welsby IJ (2014) Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in the adult: a review of anticoagulation monitoring and transfusion. Anesth Analg 118:731–743. doi:10.1213/ANE.0000000000000115
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  61. Puthucheary ZA, Rawal J, McPhail M et al (2013) Acute skeletal muscle wasting in critical illness. JAMA 310:1591–1600. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.278481
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  62. TEAM Study Investigators, Hodgson C, Bellomo R et al (2015) Early mobilization and recovery in mechanically ventilated patients in the ICU: a bi-national, multi-centre, prospective cohort study. Crit Care 19:81. doi:10.1186/s13054-015-0765-4
    • View reference on publisher's website
  63. Hermans G, Van Mechelen H, Clerckx B et al (2014) Acute outcomes and 1-year mortality of intensive care unit-acquired weakness. A cohort study and propensity-matched analysis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 190:410–420. doi:10.1164/rccm.201312-2257OC
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  64. Hodgson CL, Fan E (2013) A step up for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: active rehabilitation. Respir Care 58:1388–1390. doi:10.4187/respcare.02606
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  65. Abrams D, Javidfar J, Farrand E et al (2014) Early mobilization of patients receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: a retrospective cohort study. Crit Care 18:R38. doi:10.1186/cc13746
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  66. AVERT Trial Collaboration group, Bernhardt J, Langhorne P et al (2015) Efficacy and safety of very early mobilisation within 24 h of stroke onset (AVERT): a randomised controlled trial. Lancet 386:46–55. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60690-0
    • View reference on publisher's website
  67. Fan E, Pham T (2014) Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for severe acute respiratory failure: yes we can! (But should we?). Am J Respir Crit Care Med 189:1293–1295. doi:10.1164/rccm.201404-0711ED
  68. Moratti S (2009) The development of “medical futility”: towards a procedural approach based on the role of the medical profession. J Med Ethics 35:369–372. doi:10.1136/jme.2008.027755
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  69. Abrams DC, Prager K, Blinderman CD et al (2014) Ethical dilemmas encountered with the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in adults. Chest 145:876–882. doi:10.1378/chest.13-1138
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed
  70. Pappalardo F, Pieri M, Greco T et al (2013) Predicting mortality risk in patients undergoing venovenous ECMO for ARDS due to influenza A (H1N1) pneumonia: the ECMOnet score. Intensive Care Med 39:275–281. doi:10.1007/s00134-012-2747-1
  71. Enger T, Philipp A, Videm V et al (2014) Prediction of mortality in adult patients with severe acute lung failure receiving veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: a prospective observational study. Crit Care 18:R67. doi:10.1186/cc13824
    • View reference on publisher's website
    • View reference on PubMed

Sign In

Connect with ICM

Top 5 Articles Editors Picks Supplement