ECMO, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, is a machine that pumps a patient's blood outside the body, oxygenates it and then returns it to the patient. ECMO is a life-saving technique that temporarily fills in for the heart and lungs when those organs are unable to fulfill their intended functions. It is very similar to a heart-lung bypass machine that is used during open-heart surgeries.
Jewish Hospital is one of only two facilities in Kentucky using ECMO for patients who need an advanced level of cardiopulmonary care.
When is ECMO used at Jewish Hospital?
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