CO2 Removal


For patients suffering from lung failure, mechanical ventilation is the first choice. However this technique sometimes reaches its limits and additional removal of CO2 must be done which can be achieved by a technique similar to that of CRRT. CO2 removal is usually performed continuously for 3 to 15 days and until the capacity of the lungs allows to withdraw the treatment from the patient.

Examples of application

Technical information

CO2 removal is performed by passing the blood through an oxygenator placed on the extracorporeal blood circulation loop while oxygen is injected inside the oxygenator on the other side of the semi-permeable membrane. CO2 is generated inside the oxygenator by the exchange between blood and oxygen through the membrane and is then discarded in the air.

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