History of ECMO
ECMO technology was developed in the 1960s to serve as a long-term "bypass machine" to support the lungs or heart.
Veno-Venous Versus Veno-Arterial ECMO
There are two main types of ECMO support.
When VV-ECMO Is Needed
The main reason to use VV-ECMO therapy is severe lung failure that cannot be treated by medications and a breathing machine.
VV-ECMO is used to give the lungs an opportunity to heal or, in some cases, as a support while waiting for lung transplantation.
Potential complications related to VV-ECMO can arise.
Role of the Family
If you have a loved one on VV-ECMO, you have an important role in their care, and we want you to be able to spend time with them.
VV-ECMO and COVID-19
Approximately 5% of patients with COVID-19 develop critical lung disease that requires a breathing tube and ventilatory support.
Review the glossary of terms related to ECMO.