ECMO Center - Critical Care
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a technique used to provide life support for patients experiencing both respiratory and/or heart failure by maintaining oxygenation and perfusion until the natural organ function is restored. As such, patients treated by ECMO have recently experience temporary failure of the lungs or heart and no other care can save the patient's life. A major advantage of ECMO includes the opportunity it offers to allow the lung and / or heart rest or heal. This type of technology is usually available at major first rate hospitals around the world. The construction of one of the world's largest ECMO centers is currently on-going at the Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital division of Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm Sweden. Projektengagemang kring Arkitetur has been the responsible design architect for this project since its inception in 2008 and Katarina Ringstedt has been the consultant achitect on this project. Projektengagemang has also been involved in the ventilation and sanitation of the project area. Staff and patients of the Karolinska University Hospital are expected to move into their new premises during the year. The new ECMO center will have six patient areas and separate patient rooms.