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Rashmi Ranjan

Another patient undergoing Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) treatment at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack succumbed on last night.

According to sources, the patient, a woman from Bolangir, was admitted to the hospital on August 29 due to severe lungs infection and undergoing ECMO treatment since then. However, she breathed her last late last night.

Two more patients are currently under ECMO at the premier health institute, sources said.

Earlier on Saturday, a patient from Pattamundai in Kendrapara died during ECMO treatment at the hospital. 

The patient was under ECMO since August 29 when he was shifted to the Cardiothoracic department from the COVID ward in the hospital after developing post-COVID complications in his lungs.

The Odisha government had launched a dedicated ECMO facility at SCB Medical College and Hospital on August 27, 2021. It is first of its kind in Odisha that nine ECMO machines were installed at a time in the state. The facility provides free ECMO treatment to critically ill patients and it is the largest ECMO facility in the eastern part of India.

Earlier, during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, several critically ill patients were airlifted to other parts of the India due to lack of ECMO treatment facility in Odisha. Following this, ECMO machines were installed at AIIMS-Bhubaneswar and SUM Hospital in the State.

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