Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) provides breathing and heart support for patients with severe cardiac and pulmonary problems. It circulates a patient’s blood through an artificial lung machine that filters out carbon dioxide and adds oxygen, then returns it to the body.

It’s usually used for critically ill babies with heart or lung disorders. Older children and adults suffering from issues such as congestive heart failure or waiting for heart or lung transplants may also benefit from ECMO. It takes over the function of the heart and lungs, allowing them time to recover.