Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza, pregnancy and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation

Susan A Welch, Leone N Snowden and Hergen Buscher
Med J Aust 2010; 192 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2010.tb03675.x
Published online: 7 June 2010

To the Editor: Treatment of critically ill pregnant women is challenging, and information on medication use during pregnancy is scant. We describe the case of a pregnant woman who required extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), prolonged sedation and paralysis to treat acute respiratory distress syndrome secondary to pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza.

  • 1 St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 NSW Medicines Information Centre, Sydney, NSW.


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