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Children's Hospital of Georgia is the only hospital in our area to offer an ECMO program that specializes in neonatal and pediatric patients who need lifesaving heart-lung oxygenation.

706-446-2464

  • Neonatal and Pediatric Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (or ECMO for short) is a machine that treats critically ill infants and children by acting as an artificial heart-lung bypass. It provides oxygen to a patient's blood and can be used for a period of days, or weeks, to give organs a chance to develop, heal and recover. 

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (or ECMO for short) is a machine that treats critically ill infants and children by acting as an artificial heart-lung bypass. It provides oxygen to a patient's blood and can be used for a period of days, or weeks, to give organs a chance to develop, heal and recover. 

About

Children’s Hospital of Georgia was the pioneer of the Southeast’s first ECMO program back in 1985. Since then, our team has cared for hundreds of infants and children. Today, we continue to be one of the only hospitals in Georgia to provide ECMO therapy.

At CHOG, ECMO is available 24/7, and is run by teams of highly trained critical care medicine specialists in either our NICU or PICU, depending on the age and diagnosis of each patient.  Our teams are able to care for up to 4 patients simultaneously who require this intense, lifesaving therapy. 

Neonatal ECMO machine

Our Approach

ECMO can be stressful for the families of sick children, but as practitioners of patient-and family-centered care, we'll take the time to explain the program, tell you how ECMO works, and go over the benefits versus possible complications. As a team, we are available to answer questions and help patients and families understand every aspect of their child's treatment.

Children's Hospital of Georgia is an ECMO Center of Excellence since 2006

Award Winning Care

The team at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia is not only unique in the state, but has also continuously earned the Gold Award for Excellence in Life Support from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) since 2006.

U.S. News and World Report and Parents magazine recognizes the ELSO Award as criteria for top pediatric hospitals.

 

Do you have a premature infant or sick child that needs ECMO? We are able to transport even the smallest and sickest children using dedicated neonatal transport and pediatric transport teams. We will come, by ground or air, to any hospital in Georgia (or surrounding area) to pick up your patient and get them to CHOG for treatment.

For immediate referrals to our ECMO programs please call: 706-446-2464
Please specify whether you need the neonatal or pediatric team.

Neonatal ECMO:

Director - Dr. Pinkalkumar Patel
Coordinator - Linda Wise

Pediatric ECMO:

Director - Dr. Mary Lynn Sheram
Coordinator - Jason Herold

 

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