Extracorporeal Life Support

Our team specializes in using potentially lifesaving technology to help critically ill patients experiencing heart failure or lung disease.

Extracorporeal Life Support

Our team specializes in using potentially lifesaving technology to help critically ill patients experiencing heart failure or lung disease.

State-of-the-Art Life Support Technology and Care

If your heart or lungs aren’t working properly, you may need advanced life support. The USC Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) Program offers a technology known as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, to care for people who are critically ill.

ECMO takes over the work of the heart and lungs to add oxygen to the blood and pump it throughout the body. In addition to ECMO, our expert cardiac physicians also implant and manage a variety of temporary life-support devices. Whether you need short- or long-term specialized life support treatment, we will be your dedicated partner in care.

A Trusted Team of ECLS Specialists

Your care team includes experts in cardiothoracic surgery, intensive care medicine, and nurses and respiratory therapists with additional training in caring for patients who are receiving ECLS.

We provide potentially life-saving support for many medical conditions, including heart failure, lung disease and heart or lung transplants.

ECMO is a highly specialized treatment available only at the most advanced medical centers.

Our ECLS experts work closely with you and your family and caregivers to provide support during each phase of your treatment journey.

We are ranked among the top programs in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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