Children’s Mercy was one of the first hospitals in the U.S. to offer an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Program. Since launching the program in 1987, more than 1100 children have been placed on ECMO, making it one of the highest-volume neonatal and pediatric programs in the country.
Platinum Center of Excellence
Children’s Mercy is recognized as a Platinum Center of Excellence by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO)—the highest distinction achieved by ECMO centers worldwide.
The highly regarded Platinum-level designation demonstrates that Children’s Mercy’s ECMO Program has:
- High quality standards and processes in place
- Specialized equipment and supplies
- Carefully defined patient protocols
- Advanced education for all staff members
Saving children’s lives with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) is a treatment used for children with life-threatening heart and/or lung problems. It provides long-term breathing and heart support.
Our medical team only uses ECMO when we have already attempted all the standard treatments for heart and lung problems. ECMO can support heart and lung function for days to weeks while we treat the child’s underlying illness.