Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital is one of only two hospitals in Houston offering pediatric extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a treatment used for newborns and children who are critically ill with respiratory failure. The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) has named the ECMO program at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital a Designated Center of Excellence since the inception of the award. The ELSO award recognizes ECMO programs worldwide that distinguish themselves by having processes, procedures and systems in place that promote excellence and exceptional care in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.
ECMO provides cardiac and respiratory support to patients whose heart and lungs are unable to provide an adequate amount of gas exchange to sustain life. The ECMO machine functions like the heart-lung bypass machine used in open-heart surgery, allowing time for the heart and lungs to rest and recover. An artificial lung (membrane) located outside the body (extracorporeal) is used to move oxygen into the blood, which carries it to body tissues (oxygenation).
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