Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) is a form of life support used in the most dire circumstances: when nothing else works. ECMO machines can support a patient's heart and lungs, taking the blood out of the body through large IVs, giving it oxygen, removing carbon dioxide and returning it to the body. Patients who need it are desperate.
Due to the critical functions ECMO machines address, it is important to have the latest technology, and with that in mind, the Children's of Alabama ECMO program has replaced its entire eight-machine ECMO fleet with the newest ECMO equipment.
Manufactured by Spectrum Medical, the new pumps offer advanced safety features and integrated technology that, among other options, allow the Children's ECMO team to pull safety and quality reports. Children's also has access to customer support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It's a significant upgrade from the program's previous machines, which Children's purchased in 2012.
The Children's ECMO program cares for about 50 patients each year, which is considered a high volum