Additional information for parents

When is the right time to come off ECMO?

The doctors will decide when the time is right for your child to come off the ECMO machine. One reason a patient is removed from the ECMO machine is when the child has made improvements and no longer requires this type of support for his or her body. The other reason a patient is removed from ECMO is because the child’s condition continues to get worse and can no longer be treated with machines or medications. At this point, the doctors will talk with you and your family about all the specific information and all necessary decisions will be made together.