When a severe illness or medical procedure affects breathing or heart function, adults might need mechanical circulatory support from medical devices that take over the work of the lungs or heart, allowing them to heal. These types of treatments, provided through NYU Langone’s Adult ECMO Program, can last for a few hours or up to a few weeks.
NYU Langone has received the Gold Level Center of Excellence Award from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO).
Mechanical circulatory support, which includes temporary ventricular assist devices, helps the heart circulate blood through the body. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, is a type of mechanical circulatory support device that, in addition to pumping blood, also takes over the work of the lungs.
These devices can be used to treat heart failure, heart attack, or acute respiratory failure, often as a temporary therapy before long-term treatment such as a ventricular assist device, heart transplant, or lung transplant. At NYU Langone, our group of doctors, surgeons, nurses, and perfusionists provides specialized care at Tisch Hospital and Kimmel Pavilion. Treatment includes surgery to connect mechanical circulatory support devices to blood vessels, as well as ongoing monitoring and care. ECMO care for children is provided through the Pediatric ECMO Program at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone.
We provide resources to help you and your loved one during this time, including integrative health programs that promote stress relief, emotional support from our spiritual care team, and palliative and supportive care to ease the side effects of mechanical circulatory support and ECMO care.
For emergency referrals, medical professionals can call the Comprehensive Transfer Center at 212-263-8500.