In the most severe cases, the FDA has recently given approval for COVID-19
patients to be hooked up to an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
device. What is an ECMO and how does it work? What mechanisms of mass
transport are involved? If you were to design your own device, what are the critical
design parameters that you would need to consider?
Your answer should be between 1 page (12-point Arial font, single-spaced, 1-inch margins)
and include at least 2 primary references* in MLA format.
here are some sources I found:
* please focus ONLY in answering the questions specifically.
* Mechanism of mass transport are more likely to be diffusion and convection. please give some details about them, here is a link for general information about them:
* when creating your parameter, also, think about diffusion/ convection/ pressure, …. things like this
In more severe cases in which the patient has trouble breathing, mechanical
respirators are required to force air in and out of the lungs. Describe: a) how
ventilators increase the oxygen delivered to the blood in the context of pressure
driven flow and b) differences between normal breathing and ventilator breathing in
how the flow of air into the lungs is driven by pressure differences.
Your answer should be 3?4 pages (12-point Arial font, single-spaced, 1-inch margins) and
include at least 2 primary references* in MLA format.