Ethical Issues Surrounding the Use of Post Cardiotomy ECMO

  • Constantine Mavroudis
  • Constantine D. Mavroudis


There are myriad ethical issues associated with the initiation, maintenance, and termination of ECMO in post-cardiotomy patients. As ECMO becomes more commonly implemented, it is important to consider many of these ethical issues in consenting, counseling, and comforting families who are struggling to grasp the technical, medical and ethical issues that this technology presents.


Post cardiotomy ECMO Medical ethics Congenital heart disease Futility Informed consent Compassion fatigue 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Constantine Mavroudis
    • 1
  • Constantine D. Mavroudis
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins All Children’s HospitalSt. PetersburgUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Pennsylvania School of MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA

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