Extracorporeal Life Support Service (ECMO)
Using Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), blood is removed from the right atrium or a femoral vein and returned to the aorta or a femoral artery after oxygenation.
Some of the blood bypasses the heart in a parallel circulatory system, thus relieving stress on the heart muscle.
This form of ECMO treatment may be considered for a variety of critical illnesses, including:
- septic shock
- heart failure
- peri-partum complications