Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a procedure used to treat patients with severe respiratory illness. While a patient’s condition stabilizes and improves, an ECMO machine does the work of the heart and lungs by putting oxygen into the bloodstream and pumping blood into the body. An ECMO heart­lung bypass machine pumps a patient’s blood through an artificial lung. The artificial lung adds oxygen to the blood and removes carbon dioxide from it, then returns the blood back to the patient’s body.

ECMO machines are often used in neonatal intensive care units.

Technologies for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

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What to Expect for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

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Side Effects and Risk Factors for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

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Education and Resources for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

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