Pediatric ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation)

Lifesaving Heart and Lung Support for Children

Image The care of young hearts and lungs requires dedicated expertise available only at specialized academic medical centers such as NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. Our Pediatric ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) program is one of only a few in the New York City area and is only one of five in the world designated as a Platinum Center of Excellence. We offer ECMO to newborns, children, and adolescents whose hearts and/or lungs are too ill to support their bodies. ECMO allows the heart and lungs to rest and heal while our doctors treat the underlying cause of your child's illness.

  • World-Renowned Expertise: We have exceptional experience using ECMO in children and adults. Our researchers have conducted important studies that have advanced the understanding and applications of ECMO in our field. We apply this knowledge to providing the very best lifesaving care to your child.
  • International Accreditation: NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital is one of five ECMO centers in the world designated a Platinum Center of Excellence by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) for Excellence in Life Support.
  • Experience Treating the Most Serious Illnesses: We use ECMO to treat children who are not doing well with conventional medical treatment and who would probably not survive without this therapy. This includes those with meconium aspiration syndrome (newborns), heart failure, acute respiratory distress syndrome, pulmonary hypertension, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, cardiomyopathy, sepsis, pneumonia, and life-threatening heart disorders. We also use ECMO in some children awaiting a heart or lung transplant.
  • A Team of Experts: Your child has access to all of the team members needed for his or her care in New York City's leading children's hospital. Our critical care physicians, ECMO physicians and surgeons, cardiologists, neonatologists (newborn care specialists), nurses and nurse practitioners, perfusionists, respiratory therapists, neurologists, palliative care specialists, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, skin care specialists, and child life specialists collaborate to provide the most advanced ECMO care in a setting that is comfortable for your child and family-friendly.
  • State-of-the-Art ICUs: ECMO is provided in either the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. Our NICU uses the latest technology and therapies available to offer critically-ill newborns the best chance for survival and a good quality of life. The PICU features family-friendly glass-enclosed individualized rooms, which offer privacy and isolation so your child can recover as comfortably as possible, aided by the latest technology available.
  • Parents and Caregivers Are Team Members Too: We encourage you to actively participate in your child's care. Ask questions. Participate in decision-making. Tell us what you need. We'll keep you informed about your child's progress. We want to hear from you as we care for your child, and we support you in every way we can.


NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

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