Advantages of ECMO

ECMO is initiated when the conventional therapies like mechanical ventilation and vasopressor support have failed.

    Advantages of ECMO
  • The vital advantage of ECMO is to maintain the supply of oxygen to the body while resting the lungs.
  • ECMOs pumping ability provides support for reversible heart conditions.
  • High pressure from mechanical ventilation and oxygen levels themselves cause lung damage. ECMO breaks this cycle and allows the lungs to rest while the body heals the damage. This is similar to the way that a plaster cast supports a broken arm while the bone heals.
  • ECMO is an ultimate form of organ support.