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Pediatric Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

In 1984, Children’s National Hospital became the first children's hospital to offer Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO). This critical program provides newborns, children and adults with respiratory or cardiac failure minute-to-minute bedside support from physicians and experts who specialize in the complex technology used during ECMO care.


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Frequently Asked Questions

About pediatric extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)

Applicable conditions for ECMO


Emilee's Story

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Providers of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

Departments that Offer Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

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Advanced Cardiac Therapies and Heart Transplant Program

We provide personalized care for babies and children with heart failure, including advanced VAD techniques and heart transplantation.

Neonatal Neurology and Neonatal Neurocritical Care Program

The Neonatal Neurology and Neurocritical Care Program at Children's National is the only one of its kind in the mid-Atlantic region and a leader in advancing neurologic care to some of our most critically ill newborns.

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Whether your infant has arrived prematurely or has a critical illness, the Children's National Hospital's top-ranked team assists in coordinating every service you and your baby need, including consultations, assessments, emergency treatments and continuing care.