Hej till alla! My name is Giulia Gazzaniga, and I am a senior resident in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Pavia in Italy.
During my residency program, I have cultivated a keen interest in Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) and other extracorporeal life support techniques.
ECMO is a form of temporary life support for patients with severe but potentially reversible lung and/or heart failure, unresponsive to optimal conventional care. The ECMO machine provides blood oxygenation and/or circulatory support with an artificial circuit and membrane, thereby taking over the circulatory and respiratory functions. Thus, ECMO secures support while the healthcare team works on treating the underlying disease or until organs for transplant become available. ECMO does not save everyone, but it has improved survival for many critically ill patients who are not responding to usual life support options.
This fall, as part of my training program, I will have the privilege of spending two months at the ECMO Center Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, where I will be able to focus on the different uses of ECMO and the several technology systems at our disposal in terms of monitoring and supporting vital functions, with particular attention to their application in the pediatric population.
Thanks to the wonderful support of C.M. Lerici Foundation, I will grow my knowledge on these extremely fascinating topics and further my professional and personal skills.