Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenator (Heart-Lung bypass) is one of the few major advances in Critical Care medicine since the 1970s. Originally developed in the USA, ECMO has been subsequently incorporated as Centralised Ultra Critical Care in all developed countries, increasingly being incorporated into practice by some advanced tertiary hospitals in India.
In reversible clinical scenarios, where the patient’s Cardiorespiratory systems are unable to cope due to Severe Systemic Illness, despite the traditional intensive care therapy, ECMO can make a difference taking over a majority of the functions of the heart and lungs. This gives the patient an invaluable extension of life and gives the therapy time to reverse or contain the insult.
Our ECMO team consists of
- Doctors: Specialised in initiating and monitoring patients on ECMO
- Perfusionists to support the doctors
Our Air Ambulances are equipped with portable airworthy ECMO units to ensure seamless treatment. This treatment can also be used for patients already on ECMO, who need repatriation to their home country.