ECMO Device

What is ECMO?

Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) is used when a patient has a serious but potentially reversible condition which prevents the lungs or heart from working normally.

An ECMO machine is very similar to the heart and lung machine used during open-heart surgery. It is a supportive measure that uses an artificial lung (the membrane) to oxygenate the blood outside the body (extracorporeal).

Medical Team


The University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM) is an ECMO centre which treats adults across the North West, North of England and the North East for potentially severe respiratory failure. UHSM is registered with the Extra Corporeal Life Support Organisation (ELSO) and collaborates with a number of other centres across the UK as part of a national clinical network. These centres are some of the world's most experienced hospitals in using ECMO.

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UHSM Your Hospital

About UHSM

University Hospital South Manchester (UHSM) is a major acute teaching hospital trust providing services for adults and children at Wythenshawe Hospital and Withington Community Hospital, and community services that were formerly operated by Manchester Primary Care Trust. We are recognised as a centre of clinical excellence and provide district general hospital services and specialist tertiary services to our local community. »