Extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, is a machine that provides oxygen to the blood outside of the body and supports the heart and/or lungs when all other treatment options have failed.
The UPMC Cardiothoracic Surgery Department leads a collaborative effort with critical care specialist to provide a patient-centered, disease-specific model for the delivery of this potentially life-saving therapy.
ECMO is used for patients in severe but reversible lung and/or heart failure.
Lung conditions that may require ECMO include:
Heart conditions that require ECMO include:
There are two different types of ECMO treatment. Veno-venous ECMO supports the lungs while Veno-arterial ECMO supports both the heart and the lungs. ECMO relieves stress from the heart and/or lungs allowing them time to rest and recover.
ECMO can be used for a few days, weeks, or even months in some cases.
UPMC is one of the largest centers in the world for both respiratory and cardiac failure with over 700 ECMO cases since 2002. Our outstanding team and outcomes have established us as a ECMO Center of Excellence.
At the UPMC Cardiothoracic Transplantation Program, we use a multidisciplinary team-based approach to your care.
We provide clinical expertise in:
Our comprehensive care team includes: