Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a form of cardiopulmonary bypass that provides life-saving support to critically ill patients whose illness is progressing despite maximal conventional support. Use in adults is expanding, however neurological injuries are common. Currently, the existing brain imaging tools are a snapshot in time and require high-risk patient transport. Here we assess the feasibility of measuring diffuse correlation spectroscopy, transcranial Doppler ultrasound, electroencephalography, and auditory brainstem responses at the bedside, and developing a cerebral autoregulation metric. We report preliminary results from two patients, demonstrating feasibility and laying the foundation for future studies monitoring neurological health during ECMO.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics