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Pediatric ECMO program founder Pietsch retires

Jul. 14, 2022—John Pietsch, MD, the recently retired founder of the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) program at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, didn’t grow up wanting to be a doctor.

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ECMO fellowship program provides lifesaving training

Mar. 17, 2022—Vanderbilt's extracorporeal life support fellowship gives new doctors two years of hands-on experience with a lifesaving critical care tool, one that has only become more important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Study shows young, healthy adults died from COVID-19 due to ECMO shortage

Feb. 25, 2022—Vanderbilt research found that nearly 90 percent of COVID-19 patients who qualified for, but did not receive, ECMO due to a shortage of resources during the height of the pandemic died in the hospital, despite being young with few other health issues

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Study shows life-saving benefit of baricitinib for ventilated COVID patients

Feb. 7, 2022—Vanderbilt research shows that critically ill COVID-19 patients on a mechanical ventilator or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation lived more often when randomized to receive baricitinib.

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Initiative shares ECMO expertise with Ballad Health

Jan. 27, 2022—Vanderbilt University Medical Center recently hosted representatives of Ballad Health, a regional health system serving East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, to train its team to provide a life-saving medical program called ECMO.

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Alarming number of pregnant COVID-19 patients hospitalized in August

Sep. 1, 2021—Vanderbilt University Hospital treated 39 pregnant patients hospitalized with active COVID-19 infections in August, 10 of whom were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU).

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VUMC sees increase of COVID-19 in pregnant patients

Aug. 2, 2021—Physicians at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) have recently noticed an increase in pregnant patients ill with COVID-19. These cases are especially concerning due an increased risk of hospitalization, ICU admission, need for mechanical ventilation and ventilatory support, and increased risk of death in pregnant patients with COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant patients.

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COVID recovery included long stay on ECMO, double-lung transplant

Apr. 1, 2021—Zach Lloyd was only 37 years old with no pre-existing health conditions, but COVID-19 was bringing him within an inch of his life.

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Children’s Hospital ECMO program lands excellence award

Aug. 13, 2020—For the fifth straight time, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt’s heart-lung support program has received the ELSO Award — Gold Level for Excellence in Life Support by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO).

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Extracorporeal life support program honored by ELSO

Aug. 6, 2020—Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s extracorporeal life support (ECLS) program has received the gold level award for excellence in life support from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO).

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Walk celebrates patient’s ECMO journey 30 years ago

Jul. 30, 2020—Thirty years ago, Shawn Drumgoole took a life-saving ride to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt to be placed on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO).

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ECMO team to help other providers create their own programs

Mar. 12, 2020—VUMC has signed an agreement with Ballad Health, a regional health system serving East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, to train its team to provide a life-saving medical program called ECMO.

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