Return of circuit blood after discontinuing extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is an important blood conservation strategy for reducing the need for blood transfusion. This follows the current standard of circuit blood salvaging after cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). There is a variety of strategies and techniques of blood salvage described associated with CPB but not with ECMO. We describe a simplified technique to salvage the blood in the ECMO circuit that requires no special equipment, is safe, and maximizes blood salvage.
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