Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation
Critically ill patients who have developed advanced pulmonary failure and who have failed conventional treatments traditionally centered on mechanical respiratory support, can now be treated by an “artificial lung”. Such an approach permits the patients own lung to heal while minimizing the need for the potentially deleterious effects of the ventilator. Improvements in techniques and technologies have offered these desperately ill patients a chance for a positive outcome. UTMC is developing a dedicated ECMO team to provide hope for these patients.