HÀ NỘI – National Hospital of Tropical Diseases doctors used ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) technology to treat a serious case of pneumonia successfully in Hà Nội .
The 44-year-old female patient left hospital yesterday morning, after 15 days of treatment in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU), said Nguyễn Văn Kính, Director of the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases.
“A patient living in Hà Nội was hospitalized on May 18 during a severe emergency: high-fever of 40 degrees Celsius, chest pains, bad cough, X-ray film showing injury to the lungs, breathing by machine,” Dr Vũ Đình Phú, ICU chairman, said.
ICU doctors decided to treat her using ECMO technology the next day, after discussion with hospital professors.
After eight days of treatment the patient could breath by herself, without a breathing machine, Dr Phú said. ECMO was a highly-effective resuscitation measure and shortened treatment time in her case.
ECMO technology originated in America and has been applied widely in Britain and Taiwan. It is not used much in Việt Nam because it is very expensive at VNĐ130 million (US$5,700) per case, according to Dr Vũ Đình Phú.
The hospital is the highest-ranking treatment center in the country. It has been very successful in treating patients with infectious diseases.— VNS