Doctors put the patient on a heart-lung machine before surgeons remove the heart—except for the back walls of the atria.
They're keeping a patient alive with a heart-lung machine right now, and they can't finish the job.
Ten minutes later he rose from the control table and threw the switch to stop the heart-lung machine.
Try to use local blocks as much as you can, and have the heart-lung machine ready well in advance.
heart-lung machine n.
An apparatus through which the blood is temporarily diverted, especially during heart surgery, to oxygenate it and pump it throughout the body.
|heart-lung machine |
An apparatus through which blood is temporarily diverted, especially during heart surgery, in order to oxygenate and pump it, thus maintaining circulation.