Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO): Advanced Life Support Technology

When a patient is literally suffocating – from lung disease, even from severe influenza – what can be done to oxygenate the blood when the lungs aren’t able to do it? In that critical situation, there’s ECMO. WVU Medicine thoracic surgeon Jeremiah Hayanga, MD, MPH, FACS, explains a technique regularly used by WVU Medicine doctors to oxygenate blood without the help of a person’s lungs.

About the Presenter

Jeremiah Hayanga, MD
Thoracic Surgeon, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute

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