Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

In critical situations, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) is a method of providing life support using a heart-lung pump when a child's heart or lungs aren't functioning properly or need time to heal. With ECMO, oxygen-poor blood is drawn into a machine that removes excess carbon dioxide, adds oxygen and then returns the oxygen-rich blood to the baby's body. This method allows the blood to "bypass" the heart and lungs, allowing these organs to rest and heal. Learn more about ECMO.


  • Cardiac Anesthesia
  • 24-hour Monitoring
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Meet the Heart Team

The physicians, nurses and technicians at the Heart Center at Driscoll Children's Hospital are some of the top-ranking in the country, ensuring the health and safety of children in South Texas. With this promise, our program offers the most advanced teams, technology and treatments available.


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Visit all your child's specialists in one trip to Driscoll Children's Hospital.

For your convenience, please ask any of our specialty clinics to coordinate all of your child's appointments in one day.

You can contact us at (361) 694-5000 or call your specialty clinic directly for further assistance.