Video: So, what exactly is ECMO?

Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation – or ECMO – therapy involves removing poorly oxygenated blood from the patient, externally oxygenating it, then returning it to the patient. In this video, meet one patient from Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center who credits the procedure with saving his life.

Mike Schmidt and his father, Gene Schmidt, share their experience when Mike had the flu in February, 2011, and was flown to Penn State Hershey to be put on Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) therapy. EMCO therapy removes poorly oxygenated blood from the patient, externally oxygenates it through the ECMO circuit, and then returns it to the patient. In other words, this heart-lung bypass does the work of these two organs, allowing them time to rest and recover.

To view a video interview with Mike and Gene Schmidt, go to http://www.youtube.com/pennstatehershey.

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Last Updated August 11, 2011