The Nemours Children’s pediatric extracorporeal life support (ECLS) team provides advanced life-saving heart and lung support for critically ill children, from newborns to young adults. Our team is established, experienced and recognized for excellence.
Life support therapies, like ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation), VAD (ventricular assist devices) and others do the work for the heart and/or lungs. We use life support for children with heart or respiratory failure, as a bridge to heart transplant, after surgery, or even in emergencies like during heart attack.
We offer expert ECLS service at Nemours Children’s Hospitals in Delaware and Florida. Our teams include renowned specialists and researchers in cardiothoracic surgery, critical care, neonatology, pulmonology and respiratory care, emergency medicine and more. We train providers from all over the world to use ECLS at their hospitals. Your child gets our very best, when it matters most.
In Delaware, we offer ground and air ECMO transport from area facilities. Our surgeons can prepare and stabilize children before transport to our hospital. We’re the only children’s hospital in the region with this advanced capability.