NHS: ECMO Machines — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:58 pm on 22nd April 2013.

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Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health 2:58 pm, 22nd April 2013

My Lords, the equipment and facilities to undertake cardiac ECMO support are available in all five NHS adult cardiothoracic transplant centres in England and in the five national respiratory ECMO centres, three of which share a location. Provision of cardiac ECMO support is a complex intervention with significant risks attached to it. A cardiac ECMO service requires a fully trained team to be available around the clock and does not consist of simply purchasing the medical equipment.