WVU Medicine Health Report: ECMO

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

What if your loved one is literally suffocating from lung disease or from severe influenza? What can doctors do to get oxygen into their body when their own lungs aren’t able to do it? In that desperate situation, there’s ECMO.

John Phillips. MD, and thoracic surgeon Jeremiah Hayanga, MD, explain a technique regularly used by WVU Medicine doctors to oxygenate blood without the help of the patient’s lungs.