Wasted Breath: National Health Strategy Misses Chance to Create Network for Acute Lung Cancer

April 14, 2010

Anesthesiology News

Joseph Savino, MD, professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, describes a case where a HUP patient was on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for an extended amount of time due to lung failure from H1N1. He notes that "although ECMO is available in many hospitals, few are equipped to use the technology beyond the venue of cardiac surgery. When the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in January released its first National Health Security Strategy, it passed up a chance to establish a network of ECMO programs in the nation that would serve future pandemics, biological threats to the American people, and the treatment of many ailments that often end with the common pathway of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)." Read More (free registration required)