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Placing A Patient On ECMO

Placing A Patient On ECMO - Departments & Programs, UW Hospital and Clinics, ECMO


Tests Before ECMO Placement

Some of the tests that may be ordered before ECMO placement include:

How Is a Patient Placed on ECMO?

ECMO requires patient consent. With consent, a surgeon, along with an operating room team, will place the tubes.

These tubes are hooked to the ECMO machine. An X-ray will be taken to make sure the tubes are in the right place. The patient will remain on the ventilator to make it easier to remove fluids from the lungs and to give small breaths to keep the lungs working and help them heal.