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CASE REPORT
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 122-125

Physiotherapy during and after extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support


1 Post Graduate, Department of Physiotherapy, M. S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Associate Professor, Department of Physiotherapy, M. S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Veena Kiran Nambiar
Department of Physiotherapy, M. S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bengaluru, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijptr.ijptr_67_19

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Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a mechanical heart and/or lung support by a modified heart–lung machine, which enables blood circulation outside the body. The use of ECMO as rescue therapy for the patient in cardiac shock both before and following cardiac surgeries has been increasing over the past two decades. The purpose of this case study is to sensitize the role of the physiotherapist in interventions during and after ECMO in a postoperative cardiac surgery patient. Physical therapy interventions can be provided safely to patients on portable ECMO. These interventions were focused on preventing the negative sequelae of bed rest, improving strength and endurance, preventing ECMO complications as well as improving the level of consciousness and psychological well-being.


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