In the highly unlikely event that we do not have sufficient capacity to accept a patient, we will find an ECMO bed from one of the other four ECMO centres in England.
Typical patients suitable for ECMO treatment will include those with reversible disease associated with severe hypoxaemia (eg PaO2/FiO2 < 13.3kPa), severe hypercapnic acidosis (eg pH<7.20) despite conventional support.
We are keen to discuss patients in whom adequate arterial blood gases cannot be achieved using lung protective tidal volumes and pressures.
The potential benefits of ECMO as a lung protective strategy diminish after about one week of conventional ventilation at high pressure and high-inspired oxygen.
How to refer your patient for ECMO
To refer a patient hospitals need to call:
07815 494 175 or through switch board on 020 7351 8585
The ECMO team
The team at Trust consists of 21 consultants:
- Dr Cliff Morgan - cross-site director of intensive care
- Dr Andrea Kelleher - director of anaesthesia and critical care
- Mr Richard Trimlett - ECMO lead
- Dr Donna Hall
- Dr Clara Hernadez
- Dr Ana Hutardo
- Dr Sunndeep Kaul
These ECMO specialists work closely with Anoma Gunawardena (lead nurse for ECMO) and Tim Jackson (chief perfusionist).