ECMO for Adults

Surgeons use extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), which is a life-saving advanced technology in the intensive care unit (ICU). This technology saves patients' lives and gives them much-needed support during severe respiratory or cardiac failure when conventional therapies have failed. It effectively functions as an artificial lung or heart, taking over gas exchange or blood circulation when the patient's organs fail to do so adequately.

About ECMO in Adult ICU Facility:

ECMO is a highly complex life support system used in adult intensive care units to give temporary help to patients suffering severe respiratory or cardiac failure. ECMO is an external organ that provides the function of the lungs or heart to assist the patient in recovery.

Conditions Treated by ECMO in the Adult Intensive Care Unit:

  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS): It's a condition characterized by insufficient oxygen supply from the lungs to the body, often requiring the use of ECMO.
  • Severe Pneumonia: Severe cases of pneumonia, which result in respiratory failure, may be managed by employing ECMO.
  • Cardiogenic Shock: ECMO offers support in critical heart failure by aiding in the circulation of blood throughout the entire body.
  • Post-Cardiac Surgery Complications: There can be complications after cardiac surgery, including heart failure and the challenge of maintaining sufficient oxygen levels.
  • Bridge to Lung or Heart Transplant: ECMO can be used as a bridge for patients awaiting lung or heart transplants. It helps to preserve key organ functioning while waiting for a suitable donor organ.
  • Trauma or Acute Pulmonary Embolism: When there is significant trauma or a sudden blockage of the pulmonary arteries known as acute pulmonary embolism, ECMO can be used to support oxygenation and circulation until the underlying problem is resolved. 
  • Cardiac Arrest and Resuscitation: In cases of cardiac arrest, the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) can save a person’s life. 

ECMO Services at AHD:

  • Patient-Oriented Care:We put our patients first. Providing the best care for our patients is the goal of our entire team. We make sure that you know everything about the treatment plan and that patients are fully included in the decision-making process. That way, an informed decision can always be made at heart or head.
  • Family Support: Realizing that the stress of serious diseases can take a considerable emotional toll on all individuals. We offer comfort and guidance to the families that surround the patients. To shield you from inevitable anxiety and anguish, we will answer any questions, guide you step by step, or give advice.
  • Continuous Monitoring: Our modern equipment is so accurate in monitoring every patient every hour. Due to this ongoing monitoring, the optimal time to make adjustments to a treatment plan is ahead of time. Therefore, we can guarantee that the highly responsible staff of our hospital will give you the best care.

Our ECMO Support Team Approach to Care:

Our team approach to quality ECMO care is shared decision-making. The decision to apply the ECMO procedure is usually made with consultation between a group of healthcare experts, considering the patient’s general state and reasons for such failures in organs. It's a life-saving procedure that becomes the patient’s pathway to recovery by providing their bodies with the time needed to reestablish and resume function.

Why Choose American Hospital Dubai?

    • Our intensive care unit (ICU) consists of skilled experts who possess vast expertise in handling intricate medical cases. From our intensivists to our specialized ECMO nurses, every individual is committed to delivering top-notch healthcare services.
    • Our intensive care unit (ICU) consists of skilled experts who possess vast expertise in handling intricate medical cases. From our intensivists to our specialized ECMO nurses, every individual is committed to delivering top-notch healthcare services.
    • You'll get an extensive range of critical care services. We prioritize our patients' overall health throughout their stay by offering continuous monitoring and tailor-made treatment strategies.
    • We firmly believe in adopting a collaborative approach. By leveraging the combined expertise and knowledge of our multidisciplinary team, we strive to attain optimal outcomes with the utmost efficiency.

Contact Us

If you or a loved one is facing a critical medical situation requiring ECMO support, don't hesitate to reach out to us either via call at +971 43775500 or online booking form. Our team at American Hospital Dubai is here to provide exceptional care during life's challenging moments

ECMO is used in situations where conventional treatments for respiratory or cardiac insufficiency have failed. It provides a stopgap service for people with life-threatening conditions until they can recover. It acts as a bridge to recovery for patients facing life-threatening conditions. 

American Hospital Dubai offers state-of-the-art facilities and professional, multidisciplinary care that provides comprehensive support for patients requiring ECMO and other critical care services. 

ECMO is indeed an advanced and efficient form of therapy. Yet it does have its risks: bleeding, infection, and other problems tied to the use of the machines for ECMO therapy. Our team looks out for these risks and manages them to ensure patient safety. 

ECMO is used in circumstances where standard therapies are ineffective. It is not a one-size-fits-all therapy, and its effectiveness is determined by both the patient's overall health and the severity of their respiratory or cardiac condition

Our complete care goes beyond ECMO assistance. We offer tailored follow-up strategies, including rehabilitation and continuing monitoring, to help the patient recover and make a seamless transition back to normal health. 

Yes, we do enable patient transfers for ECMO services. Our coordination team collaborates with referral healthcare providers to facilitate a smooth transfer for individuals in need of advanced critical care. 

Doctors Panel of ECMO for Adults

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