Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: ECMO
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, is a treatment used for patients with life-threatening heart or lung problems. It provides long-term breathing and heart support and can support patients for days to weeks while doctors treat their underlying illness.
The ECMO program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is one of the most active in the country, and has been designated a Center of Excellence by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) since 2008. Each of our attending pediatric surgeons is specially trained in this technique, and participates on the ECMO team alongside intensivists, perfusionists, nurses and respiratory therapists. Our entire team meets the highest standards of training and expertise, ensuring the best care for your child.