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H1N1 influenza patient saved by ECMO technique in Mekong delta

The General Hospital in the Mekong delta province of Soc Trang yesterday announced physicians have saved a H1N1 influenza man by using extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a therapeutic option for severe acute respiratory distress (ARDS).

H1N1 influenza patient saved by ECMO technique in Mekong delta

The 50-year-old patient was hospitalized when he was suffering serious pneumonia, breathing problems on September 25. Doctors diagnosed that he was infected with H1N1.
According to doctors’ prognosis, he hardly survived.
When mechanical ventilation was not effective, the only way to save the patient’s life was extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).
After applying ECMO technique and medication for treating pneumonia, his condition was better.
After nine-day treatment in intensive care unit, he recovered and could walk and eat.
He is expected to discharge on October 11.
Head of the ICU Dr. Mach Van Quang said that the man was only serious H1N1 influenza case being save by ECMO technique.

By TUAN QUANG - Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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