Patients who are excellent candidates for lung transplantation often die on the waiting list because they are too sick to survive until an organ becomes available. Improvements in lung transplant outcomes, patient selection, and artificial lung device technologies have made it possible to bridge these patients to successful life-saving transplantation. Extracorporeal life support (ECLS) should be tailored to minimize morbidity and provide the appropriate mode and level of cardiopulmonary support for each patient's physiologic requirements. Novel device refinements and further development of ECLS in an ambulatory and simplified manner will help maintain these patients in better condition until transplantation. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.
Cypel, M., & Keshavjee, S. (2011, June). Extracorporeal Life Support as a Bridge to Lung Transplantation. Clinics in Chest Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ccm.2011.02.005