Title

Ethical challenges in extra corporeal membrane oxygenation use

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine

Publication Date

2017-05-05

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Bioethics and Medical Ethics | Palliative Care

Abstract

The immense increase of patients treated with extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in the last few years, along with the uncertainty of outcomes as well as the lack of clarity on the intended treatment direction, these situations which are considered by some to be just delaying of death and even worse than death. These circumstances create disagreements among surrogates, and between health care providers and surrogates, and emerge unique ethical challenges about the use of this new technology. In this article we discuss these challenging questions.

Keywords

Ethics, ethical challenge, extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), extracorporeal support, mechanical circulatory support

DOI of Published Version

10.21037/apm.2017.03.11

Source

Ann Palliat Med. 2017 May 5. pii: apm.2017.03.11. doi: 10.21037/apm.2017.03.11. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Annals of palliative medicine

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

28595436

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