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2021 Heart & Vascular Annual Report

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Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)

The Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) program at Saint Joseph Hospital is a highly specialized protocol that allows for effective management of critically ill patients with advanced respiratory failure, cardiac failure, and multiorgan failure. Sometimes referred to as a “last-chance option,” ECMO temporarily takes over heart and lung function by circulating blood outside the body in a form of advanced life support.

The ECMO program at Saint Joseph Hospital is led by intensivists and cardiac surgeons, with support from specially-trained nurses and respiratory therapists to care for patients requiring intensive care and significant heart-lung support.

Denver ECMO chart

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Referral criteria for ECMO include:

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation [ECMO] chart

2021 Heart & Vascular Annual Report for SCL Health, now Intermountain Healthcare.

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