ECMO

INTEGRIS Advanced Cardiac Care is the first in the state to establish a specialized life support program solely devoted to adult patients facing imminent death caused by heart or respiratory failure. The program uses extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, commonly abbreviated as ECMO, as a last resort lifesaving technique.

What is ECMO?

ECMO or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation is a technique of providing both cardiac and respiratory support oxygen to patients whose heart and lungs are so severely diseased or damaged that they can no longer serve their function. 

When can a Patient Benefit from ECMO?

Veno-arterial ECMO

  • Cardiogenic shock
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Septic shock
  • Hypothermia
  • Drug intoxication
  • High risk cardiac procedures

Veno-Veno ECMO

Adult respiratory distress syndrome due to:
  • Influenza
  • Pneumonia
  • Chest trauma
  • Inhalation injury
  • Bridge to lung transplant

ECMO provides both cardiac and respiratory support oxygen to patients whose heart and/or lungs are so severely diseased or damaged that they can no longer serve their function, perhaps after a heart attack, cardio surgery, pulmonary embolism, near drowning, or lung-related issues such as flu or pneumonia.

The therapy continually pumps blood from the patient via a tube inserted into the groin vessels or neck vein. The blood goes through a membrane oxygenator that imitates the gas exchange process of the lung, removing carbon dioxide and adding oxygen, before returning the blood to the patient.

The goal is to allow the heart or lungs to rest and recover while the machine does all the work. When the heart or the lungs have healed and can work on their own, the lifesaving support from the ECMO artificial heart/lung machine is gradually removed.

The ECMO technology itself is not new. It is traditionally used to support underdeveloped hearts and lungs in premature babies. However, medical adaptations and advancements have led to increased adult usage and Banayosy believes the therapy will ultimately change the way hospitals care for patients near death from catastrophic heart and lung events. 

Where can ECMO be done?

This lifesaving support provided to the sickest of the sick in cardiogenic shock, severe respiratory failure or a combination of both can be initiated via rapid peripheral cannulation VA-ECMO (veno-arterial) or VV-ECMO (veno-venous) at your patient’s bedside.

Our ECMO specialists are immediately available 24/7. For consultation via our ECMO HOTLINE: 844-436-ECMO (3266)