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ECMO

We provide the most cutting edge technology that includes advanced respiratory support, all forms of renal replacement strategies, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), and access to the best surgical and medical specialty physicians around.

Since 1982, Columbia University Medical Center at the New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital has supported numerous infants, children and adults with the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). ECMO utilizes a combination of medical devices to reproduce the function of the heart and lungs. Our multidisciplinary team is comprised of pediatric surgeons, cardiothoracic surgeons, critical care intensivists, cardiologists, perfusionists, and a specialized ECMO transport team.

The number of circumstances for the use of ECMO in pediatrics have grown exponentially since its first use in our institution. It can be used to provide cardiac support in post-operative congenital heart surgery patients or can bridge children with failing hearts from myocarditis or cardiomyopathy to recovery or heart transplant. ECMO also can be used to provide respiratory support in patients with acute lung injury, trauma, severe pneumonia, respiratory failure, and severe asthma. We perform approximately 50 cases of ECMO each year in our hospital, making our pediatric ECMO program easily the largest in the New York area.