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Norton Children’s Hospital is one of the first hospitals in the U.S. to establish an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) program. We were the 10th center in the country to join the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) and have provided ECMO to more than 1,200 patients since 1985. In 2012, we were recognized as an ELSO Center of Excellence and continue to be a Gold Center of Excellence.
ECMO stands for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. This means:
ECMO is a machine that can provide life-saving therapy for children with lung and heart failure. ECMO consists of surgically placed cannulas, or tubes, in a child’s large vessels to allow an artificial pump and lung to provide heart support and oxygen to the body.
Reasons for pediatric ECMO support:
Our pediatric ECMO team works closely with other physicians and programs within Norton Children’s Hospital and Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine. We have a network of outreach diagnostic and treatment services throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
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