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The University of Michigan Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) Program is under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Haft (Director). The ECLS team consists of Registered Nurses and Licensed Registered Respiratory Therapists, a nursing director, nurse supervisor, an administrative assistant and an equipment technician. The team works in conjunction with the Pediatric, Pediatric Cardio-Thoracic, and Neonatal Intensive Care Units staff in the care of pediatric and neonatal patients as well as the Cardio-Vascular and Surgical Intensive Care Units staff in the care of adult patients. Approximately 100+ patients undergo ECLS at the University of Michigan per year.

A number of research projects are ongoing in the University of Michigan Cardiopulmonary Physiology and Extracorporeal Circulation Research Laboratory and include projects such as thrombogenicity in extracorporeal circulation, perfluorocarbon (PFC) liquid ventilation, implantable prosthetic lung devices, pulmonary fibrosis in acute lung injury, and the development and evaluation of devices and techniques for prolonged extracorporeal circulation.

For more information on our services, transfer criteria for ECMO, and research articles on ECMO for cardiac or respiratory support, search other sections of our website.

If you would like to speak with ECMO about a referral, or for COVID 19 availability, please contact the Admissions and Bed Coordination Center (ABCC) at 1-800-984-8870.