Children with very severe cardiopulmonary failure in Canada are supported with Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation called ECMO. Surgeons connect children to an artificial lung and pump using large tubes in their neck vessels (artery and vein). When children no longer need this support, they are separated from ECMO. Historically, when separated, the neck vessels are tied off. Over the last decade, surgeons have started to repair the neck vessels instead.
We do not know if later in life, children are better off with or without repaired vessels. The goal of this study is to compare the outcomes between children who had the vessels tied off and those who had them repaired. We will evaluate health-related quality of life and cognitive function. As this has not been studied previously, the results will be used to guide future surgical practice.
Please stay tuned for more information coming in 2021.