ECMO inaugurated at SKIMS’ CVTS Department

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Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenator Device
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Srinagar: The state-of-art Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenator (ECMO) was inaugurated at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), in department of Cardio-vascular and Thoracic Surgery (CVTS) last week.

The ECMO is just like a heart lung machine but with difference that patient’s life can be maintained by this device for a period of 14 days or beyond after surgery which is not possible with heart lung machine (only 3-6 hours).

It is regarded as the “last modality” of treatment for a failing heart after open cardiac surgery or chronic heart failure before transplant or patients with acute respiratory failure.

Dr GN Lone, head department of CVTS said, “Patients with cardiac failure, respiratory failure and other medical conditions can be treated here and they don’t require going go outside state now.”

He added that the equipment can be used as a “circulatory assist device” in many cardiac diseases, in particular cardiac transplant patients while undergoing treatment or transportation to out of state.

Earlier this year, three latest versions of Intra-aortic baloon pumps, a portable echocardiogram costing Rs 5 crore were installed in the department. The equipment was inaugurated by director SKIMS, Prof Omar Javed Shah who congratulated the department for fast-tracking up gradation of equipment.

The function was attended by Prof Imtiaz Naqash, head anesthesiology and critical care, heads of other surgical specialties – Prof Salim Wani, Prof Altaf Umar Ramzan, Prof Nisar Chowdry, In-charge head critical care Prof Abdul Qayoom Lone, medical superintendant Dr Farooq Ahmed Jan, head of the Unit II Cardiology Prof Khurshid Aslam Khan, Prof Nisar Ahmad Tramboo, head Cardiology and other staff of the Institute. (GKNN)

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