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The value of clinical scores in predicting mortality of adult patients on veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation

  • Mohamed Laimoud1,2
  • Rehan Qureshi1

1Adult Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit (CSICU), King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, 11564 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2Critical Care Medicine department, Cairo University, 12613 Cairo, Egypt

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2022.012

Submitted: 15 November 2021 Accepted: 28 December 2021

Online publish date: 15 February 2022

*Corresponding Author(s): Mohamed Laimoud E-mail:


Veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) is increasingly used for refractory cardiogenic shock and is still associated with frequent morbidities and high mortality. Many risk scores have been used to stratify the patients for rapid decision making. The recent studies using the risk scores during VA-ECMO support were reviewed and the conflicting results were addressed. The Survival After VA-ECMO (SAVE), modified SAVE, Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA), Simplified Acute Physiology score II (SAPS II), REMEMBER, ENCOURAGE scores were used in retrospective studies without validation prospective studies. The risk scores used in evaluation of adult patients with VA-ECMO support for refractory cardiogenic shock help in clinical judgment but should not affect decision making for withdrawal of support.


Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation; Veno-arterial ECMO; SAVE score; modified SAVE score; SOFA score; REMEMBER score; ENCOURAGE score; SAPS II

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Mohamed Laimoud,Rehan Qureshi. The value of clinical scores in predicting mortality of adult patients on veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Signa Vitae. 2022.doi:10.22514/sv.2022.012.


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