Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

M Health Fairview has received the Platinum Level ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support. This award recognizes that M Health Fairview promotes excellence and exceptional care in ECMO and reaches the highest level of performance, innovation, satisfaction, and quality.
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Your physicians may suggest the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation – or ECMO – to support your cardiac or respiratory function if you have an acute injury or illness that is reversible. It will enable your heart or lungs to recover, or extend your life while waiting for a heart or lung transplant. ECMO is not for long-term use.

Our Approach

One form of ECMO temporarily takes over the work of the heart and lungs, removing blood from the right side of the heart, passing it through a special membrane to remove carbon dioxide and add oxygen, then returning it to the body on the left side of the heart. A second form of ECMO temporarily takes over the work of only the lungs, removing and returning blood to the right side of the heart.

Specialists at M Health Fairview Heart Care have long been pioneers in the treatment of heart diseases. Our team of intensivists, cardiologists, surgeons, ECMO specialists, nurses, and other medical specialists combine advanced technologies with compassionate care to treat your condition.

Conditions We Treat

ECMO is used to provide temporary heart or lung support to a number of conditions in infants, children, and adults including cardiac arrest, congenital diaphragmatic, hernia, meconium aspiration syndrome, as well as:

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