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Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Outcomes

Willson Heart Center physicians and other clinical staff are part of a team of collaborating medical

experts at Valley Children’s Hospital providing the only pediatric Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) therapy program in the Central Valley. Cardiothoracic surgery and interventional catheterization teams work closely with neonatologists and pediatric intensive care physicians throughout the time a patient is on the ECMO machine, which can be days to weeks depending how quickly the underlying problem is resolved. Together with our ECMO team, Valley Children’s cardiologists coordinate care with our neonatologists for newborns with life support needs. Our cardiology team also partners with OB/GYN physicians to prepare for potentially critically ill children prior to their birth.

* Rates for this patient population since Valley Children’s Hospital expanded its ECMO program in 2016.
** The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) is an international nonprofi t consortium of healthcare institutions dedicated to the development and evaluation of novel therapies for support of failing organ systems.