Swine flu sufferers flown to Sweden for treatment

Patients critically ill with swine flu are being flown abroad for advanced treatment. A number of patients who developed severe lung problems and had not responded to ventilation strategies in Ireland had to be flown out of the country for specialise

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
31st October, 2009

Patients critically ill with swine flu are being flown abroad for advanced treatment. A number of patients who developed severe lung problems and had not responded to ventilation strategies in Ireland had to be flown out of the country for specialised treatment.

The treatment is known as extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (Ecmo), which works by attaching patients with respiratory failure to a machine that takes their blood, oxygenates it and then pumps it back into the...

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