Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) is a method of long-term lung and/or heart support for infants, children and adults experiencing severe pulmonary (lung) and/or cardiac (heart) failure. ECMO is used to treat respiratory failure due to severe pneumonia and status asthmaticus, as well as to treat newborns with congenital diaphragmatic hernia or meconium aspiration. It has also been used as a conduit for hemodialysis for infants with inborn errors of metabolism.
More About ECMO
The ECMO program at Children's Hospital can care for four ECMO patients at one time. Our program is a member of Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) data registry for national and international ECMO Centers. ELSO recognizes our program as a Center of Excellence. We have cared for more than 800 patients on ECMO since 1989.