Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation as a bridge to chemotherapy in an orthodox jewish patient
Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
Life Support Care
Religion and Medicine
Traditional religious objections to the terminal discontinuation of LST need not preclude initiation of VA-ECMO. The potential for disputes should be anticipated and steps taken to preemptively address such conflicts. The reconceptualization of VA-ECMO as a bridge to treatment, rather than as an LST, can allow patients with objections to the terminal discontinuation of LST to receive interventions, such as chemotherapy, that might otherwise be precluded by critical physiology.