Background: Veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV-ECMO) is increasingly utilized in the management of severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Providers who care for patients on VV-ECMO should be familiar with common circuit complications. Objectives: To provide an example of a common complication, circuit “chugging,” and suggest a management algorithm which aims to avoid excessive fluid administration to patients with ARDS. Methods: We use a clinical case to illustrate chugging and discuss potential management strategies. Results: Our patient received frequent boluses of albumin for intermittent circuit chugging contributing to a net positive fluid balance of roughly 6 liters 4 days after cannulation. Conclusions: Chugging is a common complication for patients on VV ECMO. A thoughtful approach to management may help limit potentially harmful fluid administration for patients with ARDS.
- Acute respiratory distress syndrome
- Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine