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When will my child come off ECMO?

There are two reasons for a patient to come off ECMO:

1) the patient has made improvement and does not require ECMO support anymore, or

2) the patient's condition has worsened and survival is not possible.

Most patients improve enough for ECMO support to be weaned or slowly turned down to the point that a surgeon can take them off the device. These patients have improved enough to come off ECMO but usually still require many forms of traditional intensive care treatments such as breathing machines and medications

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