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Infants, children, teens and adults suffering from severe cardio-pulmonary failure and other life-threatening conditions may require the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) both veno-venous (VV) and veno-arterial (VA).

Legacy ECMO Center, at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, has been providing life-saving care to patients from across the region for more than 30 years.    

For consultation or referral: 1-800-500-9111

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
2801 N. Gantenbein Ave.
Portland, OR 97227

Treatment for ARDS and more

The Legacy ECMO Center offers the finest care for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Formally becoming an ECMO center in 2009, in response to the H1N1 pandemic, the center has cared for hundreds of patients since, refining treatments and therapies to improve patient outcomes. We practice ARDS Net protocol, utilize volume diffusive respirators (VDR) and use ECMO in a staged manner to support the oxygenation and ventilation of patients.

ECMO has become increasingly safe and efficient through advancing technologies andwhen utilized by experienced clinicians. Patient outcomesare improved in adults suffering acute respiratory failure when cared for in a regional ECMO center.

We have successfully deployed the use of ECMO support in patients suffering from:

  • Acute respiratory failure
  • Influenza
  • Pneumonia
  • Sepsis
  • Trauma/pulmonary contusions
  • Asthma hypercarbia
  • Aspiration/drowning
  • Inhalation/burn injuries
  • Cardiotoxic drug ingestion

Exceeding benchmarks in survival rates

We have exceeded international benchmarks in survival rates for almost a decade and continually exceed national and international benchmarks for patients surviving to discharge. Nearly 80 percent of Legacy ECMO patients have survived to discharge.

Recognized for excellence

Legacy ECMO Center has earned the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) Gold Level Center of Excellence Award. This award recognizes those centers that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to evidence-based processes and quality measures, staff training and continuing education, patient satisfaction and ongoing critical care.

Transporting ECMO referrals

Our dedicated ECMO critical care transport team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to safely transport critically ill patients by ambulance or aircraft. Since 2009, we have transported more than 250 ECMO critical patients from facilities across the Pacific Northwest and beyond, including California, Idaho and Alaska. Additionally, there are critical care providers available for consultation around the clock.

To request a consult, please call 1-800-500-9111.

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