What happens if my loved one doesn’t get better with ECMO?

There is the chance that your loved one will not get better. We will talk with you every day about how your loved one is doing. If the medical team feels that we have done everything possible to help your loved one and we do not see improvement, we will talk with you and your family about ending treatment.

Our hospital has special services available to you and your family for support during this difficult time.

Supportive and Palliative Care

Adults: 319-384-8690

Pediatric: 319-356-4107

Last reviewed: 
June 2017

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