The provider inserts a venting catheter in the left heart through a thoracic incision, such as a sternotomy or thoracotomy. The service is part of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) or extracorporeal life support (ECLS). ECMO and ECLS involve the use of specialized machines to take on the work of the heart and lungs, allowing those organs to recover. The vent helps prevent heart chamber distension.
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