Neonatal care

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a special procedure that is used for life-threatening heart and/or lung problems.

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

It uses an artificial lung, called a membrane oxygenator, to remove carbon dioxide from and to provide oxygen to the blood for delivery to the entire body.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital are Connecticut's leaders in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Established in 1992, we offer exceptional care, experience, and continuing education programs, which earned us the Award for Excellence in Life Support from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO).

For Parents & Family Members

Frequently asked questions of parents and other family members.

Parents & Family Members FAQs

For Referring Physicians

Frequently Asked Questions of Referring Physicians.

Referring Physicians FAQs

Family stories


Minutes after his arrival to Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, Zigeleh Paye required cardiopulmonary resuscitation six different time before being placed on ECMO, extra corporeal membrane oxygenation, which took over the function of his heart and lungs while he recovered. Today, Zigeleh is a healthy, happy boy, with no signs of adverse effects.

Leeya Fabry

As the regional neonatal unit for southern Connecticut, the NBSCU is Connecticut's leader in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a heart-lung bypass procedure for infants with life-threatening lung and heart diseases. ECMO provided newborn Leeya Fabry with a fighting chance at life. Her parents describe the experience ...