Ecmo in PICU

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) can be a lifeline for vulnerable young patients suffering from acute cardiopulmonary failure. At American Hospital Dubai’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), we provide life-saving technology and outstanding medical infrastructure, leading even the smallest breaths to recovery.

About ECMO in PICU Facility:

ECMO, or Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, is a life support procedure used in the PICU for critical young patients with acute cardiac or respiratory failure. It temporarily assists the heart and lungs by using an external pump to circulate blood through an artificial lung (membrane oxygenator) that adds oxygen and removes carbon dioxide. ECMO allows the patient’s heart and lungs to rest so that they can recover from other conditions such as severe pneumonia, congenital disabilities in the cardiocirculatory system, or acute illnesses. It is a multifaceted and focused treatment used when standard therapies are insufficient, and it can be an important tool in the management of life-threatening situations in a PICU.

Conditions Treated by ECMO in Pediatric Intensive Care Unit:

Some of the conditions that we treat using the ECMO treatment in the PICU facility include:

  • Severe Respiratory Failure: Providing life support for individuals facing critical breathing challenges. .
  • Congenital Heart Defects: Offering ECMO intervention for infants with congenital heart abnormalities requiring specialized cardiac support.
  • Cardiomyopathies: ESupporting cardiac function in cases of weakened heart muscles to optimize patient recovery.
  • Postcardiotomy Shock: Managing post-surgical shock situations, ensuring stabilization and recovery.
  • Severe Sepsis: Utilizing ECMO for patients experiencing severe systemic infections to support vital organ function.
  • Near-Drowning: Employing ECMO in cases of near-drowning incidents to aid respiratory and circulatory recovery.  
  • Traumatic Injuries: Providing life-sustaining ECMO support for patients with severe injuries impacting respiratory and cardiac functions.
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN): P Supporting newborns with persistent pulmonary hypertension to enhance oxygenation and improve outcomes.
  • Intractable Arrhythmias: Addressing persistent and challenging heart rhythm disturbances through ECMO assistance.

ECMO PICU Services at AHD:

  • Globally recognized specialists:We guarantee the highest level of medical care under the direction of renowned doctors and surgeons with significant experience in handling difficult situations.
  • Dedicated nurses: They provide continual bedside care, methodically monitor vital signs, and provide exact reporting around the clock.
  • Experts in airway control and ventilator support who collaborate seamlessly with the ECMO team.
  • 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.
  • Compassionate Child Life Specialists: Recognizing the emotional toll on families, they offer age-appropriate activities and emotional support.

We understand that no two children are alike. Your child’s ECMO journey becomes our core focus, with a personalized treatment plan, open communication, family support, and a top-notch medical facility.

Our ECMO PICU Team Approach to Care:

For children with critical illnesses, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) employs a team-based approach, and they are part of an ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation). The ECMO PICU team consists of highly specialized professionals such as pediatric intensivists, cardiac surgeons, ECMO specialists, respiratory therapists, nurses, and other healthcare practitioners who collaborate to manage challenging situations involving severe cardiorespiratory failure.

Communication and coordination are crucial parts of our ECMO team, involving regular interdisciplinary meetings to review a patient’s progress and treatment plans as well as potentially modifying care. The members of every team contribute their various expertise to the table, which ultimately falls in the favor of our little patients.  This collaborative relationship goes beyond the medical team to involve families in the care process. We constantly maintain communication with parents or guardians and inform them of what condition a child has developed to use an ECMO procedure and whole treatment plan on them. The ECMO PICU team focuses on establishing a supportive and compassionate environment for families at an emotionally draining time.

Why Choose American Hospital Dubai?

American Hospital Dubai is a leading choice for individuals and families looking to receive exceptional medical care services. AHD has a diverse and multilingual staff that can cater to a diversified patient base, thus ensuring effective communication and understanding of varied cultural backgrounds.

Our PICU is equipped with cutting-edge medical technology and equipment, demonstrating our dedication to providing accurate treatment and diagnosis. American Hospital Dubai adheres to high standards, providing patients with confidence in the reliability and safety of our services. The hospital’s leadership commitment is also reflected in their patient services, assisting with everything.

Patients frequently choose the American Hospital Dubai not only for its superior medical capabilities but also for its excellent reputation.  We are defined by word of mouth, positive patient testimonials, and a solid reputation in the medical field. The American Hospital Dubai managed to establish itself as the first choice for those who need high-quality medical services combined with a culturally sensitive approach and environmental accommodation that values patient care.

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Some patients may be weaned off ECMO in less than 24 hours, while others may need to remain on ECMO for more than 30 days

ECMO is considered safe when done by highly qualified healthcare teams on the proper clinical premises. Its safety relies on careful patient selection, monitoring, and a healthcare practitioner’s ability to address ECMO-related challenges. 

ECMO bridges the transfer to the PICU by providing support to children awaiting a heart or lung transplant. Challenges include risk of infection, maintaining anticoagulation, and ensuring coordination between ECMO and transplant teams to maximize patient outcomes. 

ECMO in the PICU provides specialist life support for children with serious heart or lung problems, considerably improving their chances of full recovery. 

When a patient is unable to breathe on their own, a ventilator pushes air into and out of the lungs. An ECMO system pumps blood through a mechanism that removes CO2 and adds oxygen.

The patients do not feel any severe pain or discomfort when the tubes are placed or while the ECMO machine is operating. You'll be given medication to make you sleep while on ECMO.