Medica Superspecialty Hospital conducts longest ECMO on covid survivor 

Currently, Medica has the largest ECMO facility in India

Medica Superspecialty Hospital has revived a highly critical patient through their ECMO support which has already earned national repute during COVID-19 with high patient survival ratio of over 50 per cent.

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a procedure wherein blood is pumped outside the body to a heart-lung machine that removes the carbon dioxide from the blood and oxygenates it before returning it to the body of the patient. ECMO is used in critical care situations and in recent times it is used in care for COVID-19, ARDS and other infectious diseases. Currently, Medica has the largest ECMO facility in India. Under the auspices of Dr Kunal Sarkar, Senior Vice Chairman, Senior Cardiac Surgeon & Head (Medica Institute of Cardiac Sciences), ECMO team, headed by Dr Arpan Chakraborty and Dr Dipanjan Chatterjee, Deblal Pandit along with the highly skilled technicians and nurses ensured the patient survived the ordeal which turned into the longest ECMO survivor in India.

Mahasweta Kallat suffered from severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) owing to COVID. The team of doctors at Medica found that her oxygen saturation level was weaning. Immediately she was administered ECMO support to gradually rescue her lungs that were already severely damaged was put on rest ventilation.

Dr Arpan Chakraborty, ECMO Physician, Medica Superspecialty Hospital stated, “An almost near recovery of her lungs is a positive sign with rest ventilation which was a time taking process. We are thankful to her family, friends, who have been supportive and equally participative with us in this longest battle with any patient successfully surviving on ECMO in India.”

Dr Kunal Sarkar, opined, “We as doctors always want the best treatment to be administered to patients and in this case, her recovery went on to record the longest any patient has stayed on ECMO support, recuperated, and discharged. She is one of the longest ECMO survivors in the country today and we wish her a healthy life ahead.”

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