ECMO patient selection and their subsequent referral and transport are closely associated with outcome. In most cases, deteriorating oxygenation will respond to increasing ventilatory support, but the time course of progression toward respiratory failure in these critically-ill patients is unpredictable. Severe cases may progress rapidly to life-threatening hypoxia which is refractory to conventional measures. To decrease the risk of death prior to transport, ECMO should be considered as a treatment modality prior to meeting ECMO criteria.
ECMO Program Resources
Contact UsFor ECMO consults or to speak to a member of the ECMO team, please call 1-800-322-8442 (or 319-356-1616) and ask to be connected with pager 5104.
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Extracorporeal Life Support Program
200 Hawkins Drive, Room SE 545 GH
Iowa City, IA 52242