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ECMO services and treatments

Treatment for ARDS and more

The Legacy ECMO Center offers the finest care for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The center practices the ARDS Net protocol, utilizes volume diffusive respirators (VDR) and ECMO in a staged manner to support the oxygenation and ventilation of patients. The center offers both veno-venous (VV) and veno-arterial (VA) ECMO.

We first utilized ECMO support in an adult patient in 1986 and formally evolved to become an ECMO center in 2009 in response to the H1N1 pandemic.   

We have cared for more than 250 adult ECMO patients since 2009. Our ECMO pediatric program at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel has treated more more than 400 patients with ECMO support since opening a program in 1987.

Increasingly safe 

ECMO has become increasingly safe and the initiation of ECMO more efficient through advancing technologies and when utilized by experienced clinicians. Patient outcomes are improved in adults suffering acute respiratory failure when cared for in regional ECMO centers.

We have successfully deployed the use of ECMO support in patients suffering from:

  • Acute respiratory failure
  • Influenza
  • Pneumonia
  • Sepsis
  • Trauma/pulmonary contusions
  • Asthma hypercarbia
  • Aspiration/drowning
  • Inhalation/burn injuries
  • Cardiotoxic drug ingestion