Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Program

The Emory ECMO Center is the premier ECMO center in the Southeastern United States and uses a collaborative, multidisciplinary, team-based approach for the management of ECMO patients. In this model, Emory University Hospital intensivists direct a team of advanced practitioners, nurses, perfusionists, and respiratory therapists in the management of patients that have profoundly complex critical illness. Under the direction of Dr. James M. Blum, the Center provides comprehensive technology and protocols to support programs in respiratory failure, cardiac failure, and bridge to lung transplantation. The Center has the capacity to cannulate patients at remote locations and transfer them to EUH for active management.

For more information about Emory ECMO center, please visit ECMO website.

Contact Information

James M. Blum, MD
1841 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30329


Highlights and Accomplishments

Emory University Hospital accepted delivery of four Maquet Cardiohelp devices on July 9th, 2014.  The Emory ECMO Center will exclusively use Cardiohelp devices for management of ECMO patients.

The week of August 3rd, the EUH perfusion team and 12 select respiratory therapists underwent intensive training on the Cardiohelp device.  This training included several hours of extensive education on the cardiohelp device in addtion to over 15 hours of general ECMO education designed to help bring a complete understanding of ECMO patient management.

September 1, 2014 is a groundbreaking day for Emory University Hospital. No longer will ECMO services require a dedicated perfusionist stilling at the bedside. Our new model uses the skills of our nurses and respiratory therapists to provide bedside care with our perfusionists providing expert guidance.


Perioperative Management of Bridge-to-Lung Transplant Using ECMO

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