For 3 days Man hooked to an extracorporeal lung


A young man is saved because a machine 'breathed' for him in the hospital emergency room.



Before this young man, the use of these extracorporeal lungs in the emergency room has been successfully tested three times in Germany and once in Japan, says Chico. "Angel's response has been spectacular: patients this young are ideal for promoting health, in which they compensate the most," says the doctor. So special is the case, that in the doctor's office there is a poster in which the young man can be seen while he was in the ICU of polytrauma, connected to the ventilator (the one that moves the air) and the lung (that oxygenates the blood) . It is in English, because the idea is to take it to international congresses.

Zaragoza was 12 days in an induced coma. He needed that time until he recovered the basic biological functions, before they could wake him up and send him to the plant. He only remembers at the end that when he opened his eyes he thought he was "in a military hospital in Kenya or Asia." Chico laughs. "It could be that the appearance of the facilities gave him that idea, but we have seen that we work," he says.

For the doctor, the case of Zaragoza is an example of the importance of multiple trauma, since it states that trauma, with all its burden of sequels or deaths, does not move money. "We do not have expensive pills or chisels," he says eloquently. This means that, for example, there are no referral units such as the trauma ICU of the hospital, which will be 25 years old. "Only in Catalonia has been raised." it states.

Zaragoza attends that part of the conversation with interest. Understand that he was lucky to have been transferred to that unit. A little over a month after the accident, on August 16, he was discharged. "At first I could not walk for half an hour," he recalls. He managed to take the course (he studies Business Administration and Law), and has followed the next one combining it with the rehabilitation. Now it is the recovery of the mobility of the hand and the aneurysm that worries him the most. Before the accident he played football and had started climbing. "I have been told that I will recover it at 95%," he says, and shows the photo of an X-ray with the before-bones cut and deflected, "and those little dots that are pieces of the metal of the car" - and then - recomposed and soldered phalanges - of your fingers. "It's very good,


The extracorporeal lung that has been used in the Hospital 12 de Octubre in Madrid with Ángel Zaragoza Granada in the emergency room is usually used in other more stable but equally serious cases. And it is not the only machine that is used in other cases. Several of the applications have a common goal: to keep patients or organs for a transplant.

A recent study published in the European Journal of Heart Failure, coordinated by Eduardo Barge-Caballero, of the A Coruña hospital, has shown that the use of extracorporeal machines to oxygenate the blood allows those who require a heart transplant to be maintained in such a way that, in Spain, 80% of these patients who are in very serious cases endure until the right donor appears. The study was sponsored by the Mutua Madrileña Foundation.

Also in the days organized by the National Transplant Organization (ONT) and the National Association of Health Informants (ANIS) on April 19 and 20 in Zaragoza, Andrés Varela, of the Thoracic Surgery Service of Puerta de Hierro Hospital Madrid, pointed out how these machines serve to keep lungs working to use them in transplant without having to cryoconserve them, and with the possibility of even applying treatments before implanting them.


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