Expanding the use of a heart-lung machine

ECMO — that’s short for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation — is a medical technology that helps a variety of patients, including premature babies and adults whose hearts and/or lungs can heal better if a machine temporarily pumps their blood and oxygen. Believing that more patients may benefit from ECMO, Robert Dunton, MD (at right in photo), and Christopher Tanski, MD (at left), are creating a new service at Upstate University Hospital. Certain patients suffering from trauma, drug overdose or cardiac arrest may be recommended for ECMO as part of their care.

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