Caring for young, delicate hearts and lungs requires special expertise. The extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) programs at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital provide high-quality care to newborns, children, and teens whose hearts 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 provide the very best life-saving care to your child.
- International Accreditation: Our ECMO program at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital is the only program in the tristate area that has been designated as a Platinum Center of Excellence by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO). The Platinum level is ELSO’s highest honor, which has only been awarded to 16 institutions around the world and signifies a commitment to exceptional patient care, established policies and protocols, in-depth education processes for staff and families, specialized equipment, and high-quality standards.
- Experience Treating the Most Serious Illnesses: Having been one of the first centers to provide ECMO to infants and children since 1983, the team at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has extensive experience providing this therapy for a variety of conditions. This includes newborns with congenital diaphragmatic hernia and meconium aspiration, children with acute respiratory distress syndrome, pneumonia, respiratory failure, pulmonary hypertension, cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease. We also provide ECMO for children awaiting 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 our Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU) and our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) which includes an Infant Cardiac Unit for newborns with congenital heart disease. All our ICU’s are equipped with the most up-to-date ECMO and ICU technology and therapies available to offer your child the best chance of survival and a good quality of life.
- 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.