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Year of Award: 2014 Award State: Victoria Health And Medicine > Organ And Tissue
The Sir William Kilpatrick Churchill Fellowship to gain expertise in life supportive treatment for patients bridged to lung transplant on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation - France, Germany, Belgium, USA & Canada
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ECMO is the new frontier of life supportive treatment for critically ill patients with lung disease waiting for a lung transplant. Patients who require ECMO to keep them alive while waiting for donor lungs require daily physiotherapy in the intensive care unit to remove infected pulmonary secretions and maintain muscle mass, strength and optimal physical condition. This is to provide the best chance of surviving the wait followed by the complex transplantation surgery and post-operative recovery. I visited centres that have internationally recognized expertise providing state of the art physiotherapy to patients with end stage lung disease. Further, I investigated the use of ECMO as a survival bridge for patients waiting for lung transplantation.

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