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Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation


Saving lives with ECMO

Certain life-threatening illness or injuries require the revolutionary technology known as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), available only at specialized centers. In ECMO, the patient's blood is oxygenated outside of the body, supporting the heart and lungs when they cannot function normally on their own.

Think of it as a heart/lung bypass that can be done right at a patient's bedside, allowing the lungs to rest and giving the body time to fight the infection.

Learn about using ECMO for children

ECMO is used to treat patients with conditions resulting from:

  • Respiratory failure (often called acute respiratory distress syndrome or ARDS)
  • Pneumonia
  • Traumatic injury
  • Near drowning
  • Sepsis
  • Shock
Providers: Call 1-800-500-9111 for a consult or referral. Visit our ECMO for providers page to learn more. 

Award-winning care

Legacy's ECMO program has earned the ELSO (Extracorporeal Life Support Organization) Award for Excellence in Life Support. This award signifies that our program has been recognized as a “distinguished leader in critical care" and provides high-quality, state-of-the-art care. The ELSO Award of Excellence is recognized by US News and World Report and Parents magazines as a criterion for top institutions.

According to ELSO, our program "demonstrated extraordinary achievement" in patient care, training, collaboration, education and communication.



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