Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) or Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) is a life support therapy offered to children with lung failure and cardiac failure. ECMO is a form of heart and lung bypass that is designed to be used as a temporary support for patients who are failing all other conventional methods of life support. The ECMO system uses a circuit outside the body that directly oxygenates and removes carbon dioxide from the blood.
The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis is one of only two programs offering ECMO in Oklahoma. At the Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, we have a dedicated ECMO team committed to caring for these children.