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Life-saving treatment


What is ECMO?

Certain life-threatening illness or injuries require the revolutionary technology known as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), available only at specialized centers. In ECMO, the patient's blood is oxygenated outside of the body, supporting the heart and lungs when they cannot function normally on their own.

Think of it as a heart/lung bypass that can be done right at a patient's bedside, allowing the lungs to rest and giving the body time to fight the infection.

ECMO is used to treat patients with conditions resulting from:

  • Respiratory failure (often called Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome or ARDS)
  • Pneumonia
  • Traumatic injury
  • Near drowning
  • Sepsis
  • Shock
Providers: Call 1-800-500-9111 for a consult or referral.

Life-saving care for all ages

For patients with profound lung failure and certain types of heart failure, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center/Randall Children’s Hospital provides ECMO to patients of all ages, from infants through childhood and adults.

We are also able to provide this life-saving technology to patients in other hospitals and then transfer them from those hospitals to Portland, where we care for them with our experienced teams. Legacy Emanuel is the only hospital in the region with the capability to transfer ECMO patients.

Award-winning care

Legacy's ECMO program has earned the ELSO (Extracorporeal Life Support Organization) Award for Excellence in Life Support. This award signifies that our program has been recognized as a “distinguished leader in critical care" and provides high-quality, state-of-the-art care. The ELSO Award of Excellence is recognized by US News and World Report and Parents magazines as a criterion for top institutions.

According to ELSO, our program "demonstrated extraordinary achievement" in patient care, training, collaboration, education and communication.

Our providers

Ivonne M. Daly, M.D., FACS, medical director, adult ECMO




Mobile ICU, ECMO send man on life-saving journey