NHS: ECMO Machines — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:58 pm on 22nd April 2013.

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Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health 2:58 pm, 22nd April 2013

My Lords, my advice is that in most cases of cardiac arrest that is not possible. Where there has been circulatory arrest in the particular conditions that I described, such as immersion in very cold water, the heart can in some circumstances be restarted, but I would not wish to excite noble Lords' interest in this technique without proper evidence. I am afraid that the article, which I did see, raises people's hopes perhaps unfairly.