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ECMO Transport

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

In 2008 Children’s became one of a handful of pediatric hospitals across the country to offer ECMO transport for children with failing hearts. Since then, patients have been brought to the hospital on ECMO from cities including Washington, D.C., Buffalo, N.Y., and Richmond, Va.
Patients who are transported on ECMO may be candidates for a heart transplant or for longer term cardiac support with a ventricular assist device — both of which are available at Children’s.
The mode of transport used for ECMO patients — helicopter, fixed-wing plane, or ambulance — depends largely on the weather.
The ECMO transport team consists of five people — a doctor from Children’s pediatric intensive care unit, a nurse, a respiratory therapist, a perfusionist, and an ECMO technician.
From the time the team arrives at the patient’s bedside to when they transfer the patient into the helicopter or ambulance, the process takes about 2½ hours. The entire transport time — from leaving the hospital to returning with the patient — is usually about 12½ hours.
For critical care specialty transport, referring physicians may contact Children's ECMO transport team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-877-PEDS-HRT (733-7478).
Last Update
February 5, 2014
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Last Update
February 5, 2014