At the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, our multidisciplinary extracorporeal life support service includes neonatal and pediatric critical care physicians, pediatric surgeons, dedicated ECMO fellows, specially trained ECMO nurses, respiratory therapists and perfusionists (specialists who operate the heart-lung machine). An ECMO specialist and dedicated ECMO fellows are available around the clock, ensuring continuity and quality of care. In addition, the multidisciplinary team regularly assesses patients so they can transition from ECMO support as soon as possible.
After a patient is transitioned from ECMO, the team continues to evaluate his or her condition and adjusts therapy according to current guidelines and protocols. Our pediatric surgery and intensive care teams also hold regular conferences to discuss cases, work on quality improvement and identify opportunities for innovation and research. Comer Children's Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) Center is a proud recipient of the ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support.