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February 1, 2012

ECMO Centers and Mortality From Influenza A(H1N1)

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Jody W. Zylke, MD, Senior Editor.

Author Affiliations: Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (marcus.j.schultz@gmail.com).

JAMA. 2012;307(5):454-455. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.57

To the Editor: Dr Noah and colleagues found that the mortality rate was lower among patients with severe suspected or confirmed 2009 influenza A(H1N1) and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) who were transferred to 4 specialized centers in the United Kingdom for treatment with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) compared with matched critically ill patients who were not transferred.1