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Resource use and health outcomes of paediatric extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
  1. R Van Litsenburg1,
  2. N De Mos1,
  3. D Edgell2,
  4. C Gruenwald2,
  5. D J Bohn2,
  6. C S Parshuram2
  1. 1Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  2. 2Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Parshuram
    Department of Critical Care Medicine, Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Avenue, Toronto, Ottawa, Canada;


The use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation can be rationalised by the assumption that non-zero survival after refractory cardiorespiratory failure represents improved outcome. Survivors may have cognitive and or functional morbidities, require complex ongoing care, and as a consequence consume considerable healthcare resources.

  • extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
  • economic evaluation
  • end of life care
  • neurodevelopmental outcomes

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  • Competing interests: none declared