Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) is a method of long-term lung and/or heart support for infants, children, and adults experiencing severe pulmonary and/or cardiac 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.
The ECMO program at Children's Hospital has the capacity to run 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 monitors quality standards for 151 member ECMO services around the world. ELSO has recognized our program as a Center of Excellence for numerous years. Established in 1989, we have placed more than 800 patients on ECMO.
Daphne Hardison, R.N., B.S.N., ECMO Manager
Eric Scelzi is a healthy man, thanks to the lifesaving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine and the ECMO team at Vanderbilt.
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