How to become ECMO certified?
How does ECMO work?
- ECMO works as an "artificial heart and lung" by delivering oxygen to your child when the lungs are unable to do so and moving blood throughout the body when the heart is unable to do so.
Is ECMO life support?
- Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), also known as extracorporeal life support (ECLS), is an extracorporeal technique of providing prolonged cardiac and respiratory support to persons whose heart and lungs are unable to provide an adequate amount of gas exchange or perfusion to sustain life.
How does VA ECMO work?
- Similar to the machine used in open-heart surgery, ECMO uses a pump to take over the work of the heart and an oxygenator (artificial lung) to take over the work of the lungs. First, one or two cannulas (large tubes placed in arteries or veins) are placed in the patient's neck and/or groin(s).
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