ECMO

Services and treatments

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Life-saving care for all ages

For patients with profound lung failure and certain types of heart failure, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center/Randall Children’s Hospital provides ECMO to patients of all ages, from infants through childhood and adults.

We are also able to provide this life-saving technology to patients in other hospitals and then transfer them from those hospitals to Portland, where we care for them with our experienced teams. Legacy Emanuel is the only hospital in the region with the capability to transfer ECMO patients.

ECMO for Children

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.


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


Health professionals: Learn about our ECMO services or to refer a patient. Call 1-800-500-9111 for consults and transfers.


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.

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