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Newborn is First to Receive Artificial Lung at St. Louis Children's Hospital

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Doctors at St. Louis Children's Hospital are using an experimental device as an artificial lung for a four-week-old baby from Michigan who needs a lung transplant. This is the first time the device has been used as an artificial lung, which is intended to support the baby until donor lungs become available. The device, called a Quadrox, is commonly used on newborns using a heart-lung bypass machine called ECMO. It has never been used independently as a lung oxygenator or a bridge to lung transplant.