Children’s Mercy was one of the first hospitals in the U.S. to offer an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Program (ECMO). Since launching the program in 1987, more than 500 children have been placed on ECMO, making it one of the highest-volume programs in the country. Children’s Mercy is a three-time winner of the Excellence in Life Support award from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), which recognizes centers of excellence in patient care, training, and promoting the mission of ELSO.
Our ECMO program is one of the largest in the U.S. and ranks among the top hospitals for survival rates of all diagnoses.
Saving children's lives with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) is a treatment used for patients with life-threatening heart and/or lung problems. It provides long-term breathing and heart support and is used only when all of the standard treatments for those problems have already been attempted. ECMO can support patients for days to weeks while doctors treat their underlying illness.