Department of Respiratory Care Services
 

UMHC

ECMO Program

Diagram 6.5 - Depiction of the connection of the ECMO lines to Jessica Ulimaumi

In November of  2009,  the University of MS Health Care in partnership with Children’s National Medical Center of D.C, will offer ECMO services. ECMO which stands for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, is an advanced technology that functions as a replacement for a critically ill patient’s heart and lungs. It is used to support a patient who is awaiting surgery, or to give a patient’s vital organs time to recover from heart surgery or disease. 

 

Serving as the only ECMO program in the state of Mississippi, UMHC’s goal is to provide the best services possible to patients in the state, and those that are referred from other states and internationally.  

 

A strong multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, critical care intensivists, nurses and specially trained respiratory therapists comprise the team that provides top-notch ECMO care to patients and support to their families.  

Uses of ECMO

  • ECMO is used to treat newborns with:
    • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension
    • Meconium Aspiration Syndrome
    • Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
    • Sepsis
    • Pneumonia
    • Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • ECMO is also useful in the treatment of pediatric patients with acute respiratory failure caused by:
    • Pneumonia of various origin
    • Aspiration Syndromes
    • Pulmonary Hemorrhage
    • Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome
    • Drowning and Burns
    • Trauma

      For more information call - Driscoll DeVaul 601-815-8587

       

      Submitted by - Driscoll DeVaul

 

Respiratory's Policy and Procedures now available on site.

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ABG Guidelines

 

Respiratory Care is now providing the following ordered labs:

  • Co-oximetery {total Hbg, O2 Saturations (O2Hb), Carboxyhemoglobin, Methemoglobin }
  • Arterial or Venous Blood Gases
  • Ionized Calcium

With one of the previous orders we may also run:


Hematocrit

Sodium

Potassium

Glucose

Lactate


 

Main clinical lab does not have equipment to run, co-oximetry, ABGs or ionized calcium.  All other test requests should be sent to the main lab

General Procedures

  • All samples that are delivered to be run when a therapist does not perform the stick, must be in a heparinized syringe and delivered with a lab card.
  • The Fio2, date, time, tests ordered and the initials of the person performing the stick will be on the card.
  • The lab card will need to have a call back number for critical results.

 

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