Bridging to Lung Transplantation

Crit Care Clin. 2019 Jan;35(1):11-25. doi: 10.1016/j.ccc.2018.08.006.


Lung transplantation is the gold standard for treating patients with end-stage lung disease. Such patients can present with severe illness on the waitlist and may deteriorate before a lung donor is available. Bridging strategies with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) are valuable for getting patients to transplant and provide a chance at survival. The current article describes the indications, contraindications, and techniques involved in bridging to lung transplantation with ECMO.

Keywords: Bridging; ECMO; End-stage lung disease; Lung transplant.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Critical Care Nursing / standards*
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation / standards*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / nursing*
  • Lung Diseases / surgery*
  • Lung Transplantation / nursing*
  • Lung Transplantation / standards*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*