Management of severe hypercapnia post cardiac arrest with extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal

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The case report of a patient with severe COPD awaiting lung transplantation, who was hospitalized and intubated following at-home cardiac arrest, was recently published in the March, 2014 issue of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. In this report, Dr. Ravi Tiruvoipati (Melbourne, Australia) describes the use of the Hemolung RAS to provide supplemental CO2 removal when the patient became severely hypercapnic with worsening respiratory acidosis while on mechanical ventilation.

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