It is a procedure wherein blood is pumped outside the body to a heart-lung machine which removes the carbon dioxide from the blood and oxygenates it before returning it to the body of the patient

Some Heart conditions that may need use of ECMO

  • Heart attack (acute myocardial infarction)
  • Heart muscle disease (decompensated cardiomyopathy)
  • Inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis)
  • Life-threatening response to infection (sepsis)
  • Low body temperature (severe hypothermia)

Some Lung conditions that may need use of ECMO

  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), Respiratory Failure
  • Blockage in a pulmonary artery in the lungs (pulmonary embolism)
  • Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
  • Defect in the diaphragm (congenital diaphragmatic hernia)
  • Flu (influenza), Pneumonia, Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome
  • High blood pressure in the lungs (pulmonary hypertension)
  • Trauma

MEDICA is among the largest and most advanced ECMO centres in the country. Our ECMO journey started in 2014. The ESLO certified centre houses the largest number of ECMO machines in eastern India, supported 24×7 by ECMO specialists. Our experienced specialists have been involved in successful retrieval and transport of patients on ECMO support from other regions/states.

Our Experience

  • More than 140 cases handled with 50% success rate
  • Pioneers in treatment of COVID cases with ECMO support in eastern India
  • ECMO Society of India’s accredited centre for Fellowship Programme on ECMO

Our ECMO team has been involved in Air Ambulance transfer of critically ill patients on ECMO support (first such cases in eastern India) in October 2020 – from Siliguri and Bhubaneswar