JERSEY CITY, NJ - CarePoint Health officials have announced the arrival of an innovative new therapy in their fight against the global health crisis that has dominated their patient care since March. Christ Hospital is now the first hospital in Hudson County to offer ECMO (Extracorporal Membrane Oxygenation) therapy for the treatment of COVID patients who are experiencing respiratory failure.

According to a statement, many COVID patients die of respiratory failure despite providing 100% oxygen on ventilators. The new treatment will serve as a form of pulmonary life-support for these patients by “bypassing” the failing lungs, essentially doing their job by providing oxygen to the blood via the ECMO oxygenator machine.  

“With the addition of ECMO at Christ Hospital we can change the paradigm in our treatment of these patients when their lungs are failing and not responding to the typical ventilatory treatment,” Dr. Achintya Moulick who has extensive history providing ECMO to patients with other ailments, and felt strongly that the same principles could be applied for COVID patients, said. “When these patients are on the ECMO machine, it will allow time for their lungs to heal and recover.”

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While the treatment is still a new healthcare initiative, early results, based on two Christ Hospital patients that were placed on ECMO on May 12 and May 14 are starting to show improvements early on.

“Thanks to the vision of Dr. Moulick we now have a new tool in our fight against the COVID virus,” Dr. Tucker Woods, Christ Hospital Chief Medical Officer, stated. “Our Medical Staff is thrilled to be offering this advanced medical technology that is not generally associated with community hospitals, but this highlights how we have always led with innovation.”

As the only hospital in Hudson County offering the treatment on COVID patients, Maria Duffy, Christ Hospital’s Chief Hospital Executive offered that other area hospitals may want to consider transferring their patients to the Jersey City facility. 

“Because we are now developing expertise with treating COVID patients with ECMO,the natural next step was to become a transfer center to make these services available to other patients,” Duffy said.

 

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