Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
The Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Program at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute and Inova Children’s Hospital provides life-saving support to adults, children and neonates with severe cardiac or respiratory failure.
What is ECMO?
ECMO is a modified form of cardiopulmonary bypass which can provide temporary support of lungs and heart to patients who are failing conventional treatments. It is a form of advanced life support used for patients who are critically ill.
ECMO does not cure underlying disease. It provides time for the patient to recover, or potentially be bridged to a long-term support device, receive a transplant, or for the family and team to make decisions about their loved one’s future.