Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) is an advanced form of support using a machine similar to a heart lung machine. It is used in critically ill children, when other less invasive therapies have failed. Less than 5% of children admitted to Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Alder Hey receive ECMO.

It is important to understand that ECMO is not a cure. It is used to give the failing heart and/or lungs time to recover and is only offered to children in whom recovery is possible.

ECMO Referrals

To refer a patient for ECMO, please call 0797620865 or 0151 252 5241, or email

Alder Hey Children's Charity
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