When a severe illness or medical procedure affects breathing or heart function, patients might need mechanical circulatory support from medical devices that take over the work of the lungs or heart, allowing them to heal.
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 types of treatments, provided through NYU Langone’s Adult ECMO Program, can last for a few hours or up to a few weeks.
Mechanical circulatory support 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.
ECMO is also used to treat people who have severe, life-threatening COVID-19, and our success rates exceed the national average. In the first two calendar years of the pandemic, our overall survival rate for people on ECMO support was 84 percent. The nationwide average, reported by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization, is 48 percent.
In recognition of our excellent patient outcomes and survival rates, NYU Langone has received the Gold Level Center of Excellence Award from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO).
Specialized care is provided at Tisch Hospital and Kimmel Pavilion by our team of doctors, surgeons, nurses, and perfusionists, the specialists who operate the ECMO machines. 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 support you and your loved one undergoing treatment, 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.
Our patients spend less time on the heart transplant waitlist than at any other hospital in New York state.
Our doctors perform single- and double-lung transplants.
Our doctors treat heart failure and its related conditions.
We ensure patients are transported safely to or within NYU Langone facilities.
Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy is used to help treat people with advanced heart failure.