Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, extra generally referred to as ECMO, is a lifesaving remedy that gives assist to sufferers whose coronary heart and/or lungs are so severely diseased or broken that they’ll now not serve their operate.
Since COVID-19 primarily assaults the respiratory system, the INTEGRIS Health ECMO team performed a major function within the total response to the pandemic. This group of specialists not solely cared for sufferers at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Heart, the place this system is housed, however traveled to retrieve sufferers from different hospitals as properly.
Referring hospitals name the INTEGRIS Well being ECMO hotline when all different remedy choices out there at that facility have been exhausted. These sufferers are on most ventilator assist, most treatment assist and in determined want of assist rapidly. The touring group is on name 24/7 and is ready to be en path to their vacation spot inside a 30-minute interval.
Whether it is decided the affected person is an applicable candidate for ECMO remedy, the core group of ECMO physicians, coordinators and specialists journey to the referring hospital through air or floor to put the affected person on ECMO and transport them again to INTEGRIS Well being for the next stage of care.
The group that travels is made up of an ECMO doctor, ECMO coordinator, ECMO specialist or perfusionist and a respiratory therapist. All group members are extremely skilled and expert in essential care. They carry 150 lbs. of kit with them together with the mandatory provides to put the affected person on ECMO assist, IV pumps, the ECMO console, affected person displays, a transportable ventilator, ECMO circuits, blood and medicines. The ambulance or plane actually turns into a cell ICU and care will be supplied for the affected person in the identical precise approach it’s supplied in a hospital setting.
The transports can take anyplace from 6-12 hours relying on the gap traveled.
Because the coronavirus reached Oklahoma in March of 2020, the INTEGRIS Well being ECMO Workforce has obtained over 350 COVID referrals by means of the hotline quantity with 75 % of these calls coming from outdoors the INTEGRIS Well being System. These calls have come from everywhere in the area together with your complete state of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. The touring ECMO COVID Response Workforce has accomplished nearly 50 COVID ECMO transports up to now, together with six that had been out of state so far as 250 miles. The work that INTEGRIS Well being has completed to assist COVID-19 sufferers with ECMO has produced survival charges increased than the nationwide common.
“It has been an honor to maintain the various Oklahomans and others within the area who had been suffering from the COVID-19 virus,” says Aly El Banayosy, M.D., the Govt Director of the ECMO Program at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Heart. “Our elite group of ECMO physicians, ECMO specialists, perfusionists, respiratory therapists, superior observe suppliers and bedside nurses are the very best of the very best and we are going to proceed to maintain Oklahomans and past anyplace and anytime we’re wanted, whether or not there’s a pandemic or not.”
INTEGRIS Well being has the most important complete cell ECMO program within the state and has handled over 700 sufferers with ECMO because the program began in 2014.