Medical City Healthcare
December 21, 2021

Elite heart/lung technology at Medical City Healthcare treats more than 100 ECMO patients in 2021

Dallas, TX – A North Texas woman became the 100th patient to receive extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) treatment at a Medical City Healthcare hospital, a rare milestone achieved by few hospital systems nationwide during a single year.

Similar to a heart-lung bypass machine, ECMO is a highly advanced artificial life-support system that takes over circulatory and respiratory functions. Approximately 60% of the ECMO cases within the Medical City Healthcare system in 2021 have been COVID-9 patients. Among them, 24-year old Marisela Sanchez, who was placed on ECMO at Medical City Plano after delivering her daughter in the COVID-19 ICU unit at Medical City Lewisville. Marisela and baby Sophia are now healthy and thriving.

“I couldn’t be more grateful. I mean that’s what saved my life,” says Leo Dooley, a cardiac patient who benefitted this year from ECMO treatment at Medical City Heart Hospital. “If it wasn’t for the ECMO machine, I wouldn’t be here.”

Because of the technology and skill required to use it, only a few hundred hospitals nationwide have the ability to perform ECMO, including Medical City Children’s Hospital, Medical City Heart Hospital and Medical City Plano, which have survival rates 18-30% better than ELSO national ECMO registry outcomes. Additionally, Medical City Healthcare has an advanced ventilation team, able to provide portable therapy and transport from facilities that do not have ECMO capability.

ECMO requires two staff specialists at the patient’s bedside 24/7, as well as a team of surgeons, perfusionists, ECMO nurse specialists, cardiologists, neuro-radiologists, respiratory care practitioners, along with numerous other staff who provide support along a patient's journey of care.