Miami Valley Hospital First in Dayton to Offer Adult ECMO Procedure

Premier Pulse     June 2021

Miami Valley Hospital is the first in Dayton to offer the adult life-saving therapy extracorporeal membrane oxygenation or ECMO, enabling critically ill heart and lung patients and their families to remain close to home.

With ECMO, blood is pumped outside of the body to a heart-lung machine that removes carbon dioxide and sends oxygen-filled blood back to tissues in the body. Blood flows from the right side of the heart to the membrane oxygenator in the heart-lung machine, and then is rewarmed and sent back to the body.

The ECMO equipment is similar to a heart-lung bypass machine used in open-heart surgery. It pumps and oxygenates a patient's blood outside the body, allowing the heart and lungs to rest and heal.

ECMO does not treat or cure a disease. Instead, it is used in critical care situations in which a patient’s heart and lungs need help to heal and other life-support options have not worked. It may be used in care for COVID-19, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), pulmonary embolism, respiratory failure, cardiogenic shock, severe hypothermia, life-threatening response to infection such as sepsis, and other conditions of the heart and lungs. It may also be used with patients who are waiting for or recovering from a heart or lung transplant.

Miami Valley Hospital’s critically ill patients, as well as transferring patients from other medical facilities in the region, can remain close to home when in need of this higher level of care.

In 1986, Miami Valley Hospital was the first in Ohio to offered ECMO for babies in the NICU, and now extends this complex treatment to adults.

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