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Indications for ECMO

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

  • Severe hypoxemia with a ratio of PaO2 to FIO2 less than 80 despite the application of high levels of PEEP and salvage therapies, as appropriate for at least 6 hours.
  • ECMO may be considered after a shorter time interval if the ratio of PaO2 to FIO2 is less than 50.
  • Uncompensated hypercapnia or excessively high plateau airway pressures, despite the best accepted standard of care for management with a ventilator

Hypercapnic Respiratory Failure

  • Hypercapnic respiratory failure due to acute exacerbation of asthma, COPD, or other chronic lung disease as a bridge-to-recovery may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Lung Transplant Candidates

  • Patients listed for lung transplantation at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center may be placed on ECMO, when necessary, as a bridge-to-transplant.


Center for Acute Respiratory Care

If you are a physician, please contact 1.800.NYP.STAT (1.800.697.7828) to have your patient transferred.

For general inquiries, please contact

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