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Our ECMO Program involves the expertise of multiple specialists. To learn more about our services, call 310-206-6717. To refer a patient, call 310-794-9805.

ECMO statistics

Graph - ECMO Hospitilizations

From 2008 to 2014, ECMO use in the United States has seen a drastic increase in nearly all indications. Although ECMO has been in use since 1972, the complexity of the devices and physician skillsets precluded its widespread use for several decades. This Figure from our group’s investigation of national trends in ECMO use illustrates the rapid growth of this technology across the U.S. with a nearly five-fold increase in the past eight years. The growth for various indications are also shown here.

Institutional volumes at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center as reported by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) by indication. UCLA maintains a high volume of adult and pediatric ECMO cases with excellent outcomes.

ECMO research at UCLA Health

Graph - Disparities in the delivery and outcomes of ECMO

The UCLA Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Laboratory is dedicated to investigating institutional and national clinical outcomes for ECMO. Our goals include identification and reduction of disparities in the delivery and outcomes of ECMO.

Select publications and abstracts:

  • Financial and Clinical Outcomes of Extracorporeal Mechanical Support, Journal of Cardiac Surgery, March 2017
  • National Trends in Volume-Outcome Relationships for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation accepted for publication in Journal of Surgical Research, 2018
  • Trends in Mortality and Resource Utilization for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation in the US: 2008-2014 accepted for publication in Surgery, 2018

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