Pediatric ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) at Children’s Hospital of Georgia

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, is essentially heart-lung bypass for infants and may be required for your child’s care.

The Children’s Hospital of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia, is a pioneer in ECMO technology and was home to the Southeast’s first pediatric ECMO program in 1985.

Today, the Children’s Hospital of Georgia remains one of only two pediatric ECMO programs in the state, with two lifesaving ECMO systems and a team of ECMO specialists with special training in critical care and ECMO technology who are available 24/7 at our neonatal and pediatric intensive care units.

The team at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia is not only unique in the state, but has also earned the Award for Excellence in Life Support from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization for the past five years. U.S. News and World Report and Parents magazine recognizes the ELSO Award as criteria for top pediatric hospitals.

Since the program began, our team has cared for more than 300 children.

ECMO therapy can be complicated and stressful for families. Because we believe in family-centered care, we take time to explain the ECMO program, answer questions and help patients and families understand every aspect of treatment.


What is Pediatric ECMO?

ECMO, which stands for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, is a treatment for critically ill children that keeps the heart and lungs working by providing oxygen to the blood.

ECMO can act as an artificial heart and lung for a period of days up to two weeks while a child’s lungs recover.

Request an online appointment now or call 706-721-KIDS (5437) or toll free at 888-721-KIDS (5437) to speak to a member of our pediatric ECMO team.