Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
ECMO is a temporary life support system used for people whose lungs have stopped working properly. The ECMO machine does the work of the lungs, allowing them time to heal.
We are 1 of the 5 centres for adult acute severe cardiorespiratory failure (ASCRF) and ECMO in England.
Our services include:
- ECMO for people with short-term severe respiratory failure
- mechanical circulatory support (MCS) for people with short-term severe heart failure
- advice about caring for people with acute cardiorespiratory failure
- a mobile ECMO retrieval service
We work with other services, including:
Our team includes:
- nurse consultants
- speech and language therapists
If your family member or friend is having ECMO, you can find more about:
- the benefits and risks
- what happens during ECMO
- how we stop ECMO
- permission (consent)
If you had ECMO, you might want to understand more about the possible complications and side effects.
Last updated: August 2023