Expert services from an experienced team

The ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) team at Children’s has decades of experience treating the sickest babies, children and teens. During your child’s ECMO treatment, we take many steps to promote healing and prevent complications. These steps include using multiple pieces of monitoring equipment; performing blood tests and X-rays; and, in most cases, giving medication that prevents blood clotting. We’ll keep you informed every step of the way, and we always welcome your involvement and questions.

Your child’s ECMO team may include several types of health professionals, including:

  • Your child’s attending (primary) critical care doctor — Depending on your child’s condition, this might be a neonatologist (specialist in treating sick newborns), an intensivist (specialist in treating critically ill patients) or a heart surgeon.
  • ECMO specialist — A nurse with additional training in handling the ECMO equipment.
  • Pediatric surgeon — A specialist who may implant the tubes to start ECMO.
  • Cardiologist — A heart specialist.