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The ECMO program at the Heart Institute at Children's Hospital has provided ECMO to patients suffering from complex cardiac and respiratory problems since 1979.
ECMO is short for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and is a form of life support used in situations where conventional methods used to treat respiratory failure or cardiac failure become harmful. ECMO provides oxygen to the body when the heart and/or lungs are not strong enough. By doing the work of the heart and lungs, ECMO allows time for the body to rest and recover.
Patients suffering from the following may require ECMO:
UPMC Children’s uses a careful, multidisciplinary approach to ECMO patient selection to ensure our patients the best chance of successful outcome.
Referrals to the UPMC Children’s ECMO Program extend beyond Western Pennsylvania and have been accepted from national and international centers.
We accept ECMO referrals 24/7. Physicians wishing to refer a child for ECMO or ECMO transport, can reach our ECMO Program at:
UPMC Children’s began offering ECMO transport in 2008. We use the following to transport patients:
The transport team consists of a critical care fellow physician, two critical care flight nurses, a perfusionist/ECMO specialist, and a respiratory therapist.
Upon arrival at UPMC Children’s, our ECMO team provides constant bedside management. Perfusionists, critical care nurses and respiratory therapists complete a comprehensive training program in pediatric ECMO prior to caring for our ECMO patients.
Medical direction of ECMO services is a collaborative effort among pediatric:
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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