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ECMO

Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel provides life-saving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy for premature babies in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and for infants and pediatric patients in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

For more information, please contact the ECMO coordinator at 503-413-4457; pager, 503-295-8937.

To learn more, please visit our ECMO services page.

Health professionals go here to learn about our ECMO services or to refer a patient.

Complete, expert care

Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel offers complete a ECMO program for children in Oregon and Southwestern Washington. We have the ability to perform ECMO on patients from newborn to 18 years old and have the most experience with this treatment in the region.

Rooms in Randall Children's Hospital in the NICU and PICU are large enough to have room for the ECMO equipment.

When is ECMO used?

Children and teens may need ECMO for these conditions:

  • Near drowning
  • Pneumonia
  • Sepsis
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Respiratory failure (often called Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome or ARDS)
  • Shock
  • Traumatic injury

Newborns may need ECMO for these conditions: 

  • Meconium Aspiration Syndrome (MAS)
  • Pneumonia
  • Sepsis
  • Respiratory failure (often called Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome or ARDS) 
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)
  • Congenital heart disease

In addition, the PICU at Randall Children's Hospital uses volumeric diffusive respiration (VDR) systems to keep some patients with lung problems from needing ECMO. 

Our providers

Martha Nelson, M.D., medical director, neonatal ECMO

Peter Quint, M.D., medical director, pediatric ECMO