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February 2, 1970


JAMA. 1970;211(5):751-764. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170050007003

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Oxygenator Supports Patient For Over Six Days  A young woman was recently kept alive with a membrane oxygenator for 6 1/2 days, the longest period of such respiration maintenance yet reported. The achievement signals improved life-saving measures in cases of thoracic injury and such conditions as hyaline membrane disease, said J. Donald Hill, MD, the San Francisco physician who attended the girl."We knew the machine was good, but we didn't know how good," Dr. Hill told Medical News in an interview at the Society of Thoracic Surgeons meeting in Atlanta. The physician used a Bramson Membrane Heart-Lung Machine, designed by M. L. Bramson, consulting engineer for the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco. The machine, described previously in 1965 in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, was first used clinically in open heart surgery in 1965. Since then it has been used in a