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UC Davis Children's Hospital Saves the Life of 14-year-old Bishop, Calif. Teen Infected with Hantavirus
Date:9/5/2013

orporeal life support, called ECLS or ECMO. The technology is reserved for patients who have an at least 75 percent chance of dying should they not have access to the procedure. ECMO is used to provide pulmonary support to patients whose own lungs are so damaged that they cannot function properly. In Jordan’s case, blood from his veins was circulated through the machine, re-oxygenated and then returned to the right side of his heart, pumping blood to his lungs and the rest of his body.

At UC Davis Children’s Hospital, all patients on ECMO have a bedside nurse dedicated to the care of the patient and a second, specially trained nurse committed to the management of the ECMO machine. A physician trained in ECMO technology manages or co-manages each of the patients on ECMO and a UC Davis Medical Center perfusionist is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist with the equipment and patient management.

Herbst, who is a UC Davis alumnus, said that, once Jordan no longer was struggling to breath, his immune system could do the work of fighting off the hantavirus infection.

“What’s amazing about the medical technology at UC Davis is that you can line up all of these pieces of technology so that the net result is homeostasis,” he said. “It was really impressive to see it firsthand. It wasn’t just the technology; it was the knowledgeable and truly caring people who impressed me. From the doctors who were doing the work to support him, to the nurses and respiratory technicians,” Herbst said.

“They accomplished a pretty miraculous save, because they truly cared. Everybody was so stoked they saved Jordan’s life.”

A collaborative approach to medicine

John Holcroft, assistant professor of pediatric critical-care medicine, was the attending physician when the young patient arrived in the intensive care unit. He spoke for all of the emergency and critical-care medicine physicians, and the specially trained nurses and ther
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