Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Program
WellSpan York Hospital provides ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) or ECLS (Extracorporeal Life Support) for support of failing organ systems in adults. ECMO, or ECLS, is one of the most advanced forms of life support available to patients experiencing acute failure of the cardio-respiratory system. ECMO or ECLS allows time for the patient's lung or heart to heal over a period of time by using a heart-lung machine to oxygenate the blood outside of the body. While on ECMO, blood is pumped outside of your body to a heart-lung machine that removes carbon dioxide and sends oxygen-filled blood back to the tissues in the body. The ECMO patient is managed in the Intensive Care Unit by a highly skilled multidisciplinary team including ECMO specialists, physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, nurses, and respiratory therapists.
The ECLS program at WellSpan has been honored with the ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support and designated a center of excellence for reaching the highest level of performance, innovation, satisfaction and quality.