Our pediatric perfusionists are an integral part of our cardiothoracic surgical team. Highly skilled experts specifically trained in the field of pediatric cardiovascular circulation, they customize the extracorporeal circulation equipment to the unique needs of each child. This level of care provides optimum circulatory and respiratory support during surgery to help patients withstand the most complex cardiac repair. These advanced medical technologies and circuit customization techniques decrease blood utilization during cardiac surgery.
The ECMO team performs a critical role in patient health and overall outcome by assisting the entire congenital heart program. In addition to assisting in the operating room, the team works closely with the medical attending and nurses in the intensive care units for the comprehensive care of ECPR/ ECMO.
The ECMO team represents the Augusta University pediatric cardiac program to other cardiac institutions by participating in national conferences, providing training to other pediatric cardiac programs, and conducting and publishing research. The team founded and co-directs Augusta University’s national annual cardiac conference.