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Transport capabilities (ECMO transport)
Our highly trained staff have the capability to transport patients currently on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) to our facility via ground transport. Patients who have complex congenital heart disease, advanced lung disease or are fighting a severe systematic infection have the option to be transported with out ECMO team and mobile ECMO circuit.
The team includes a cardiovascular (CV) surgeon, CV physician assistant or fellow, Perfusionist, ECMO pump tech, ECMO nurse, transport nurse, and transport respiratory therapist.
Children's Hospital of WI is the only pediatric center in WI that performs heart transplants.
Due to high risk involved with ECMO transport, a case review will be started to see if the patient is a candidate. This process could take 24 to 48 hours. To arrange an EMCO transport please call the referral center, and a member of our team will get you in contact with our CV service to start the process to make sure the patient meets criteria for transport.
The Children's Hospital of WI Transport Team has many capacities and equipment available including:
- Nitric oxide
- Active cooling
- Neonatal and pediatric ventilator management
- Non-invasive positive pressure ventilation
- RSI endotracheal intubations
- Glide scope assisted intubations
- Umbilical line placement
- IO placement
- Surfactant administration
- Central line placement
- High flow nasal cannula
- Blood administration
- Blood gas analysis
- Chest tubes
- Monitoring multiple vital signs including invasive pressures, temperature and EtCO2
- Needle decompression