Extracorporreal Membrane Oxygenation

Extracorporreal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

Extracorporreal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) is a service provided by few institutions outside major metropolitan areas. It involves the placement of cannulae that allow venous blood to be removed from the body to correct blood gas abnormalities inconsistent with life, and return it to the patient at body temperature in a manner similar to Cardiopulmonary Bypass.

ECMO is performed at the bedside, in an ICU setting, by a team of Perfusionists, Respiratory Therapists and Registered Nurses.