• Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

  • Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation is a unique machine which serves as the heart and lungs outside the body. ECMO circulates the patient’s blood through the machine to put oxygen into the blood and take carbon dioxide out of the blood, just like healthy lungs would do. ECMO machines are typically used to save premature infants whose lungs are not developed enough to work on their own. In some cases, ECMO can be used as a last resort for critically ill patients when a respirator is still not providing enough oxygen to the organs. Its use, however, requires a physician on staff who has gone through specialized training to be able to correctly apply the technology to an adult patient. San Antonio is the only hospital in the Inland Empire and surrounding areas to provide this rare, critical service for adult patients.
    San Antonio Regional Hospital was recently featured on KNBC News during the September 3rd, 2014 edition of Dr. Bruce Hensel's "Your Health" segment. Please click on the link below to view the full story on how two San Antonio patients, along with their unborn children, were saved with the use of our ECMO machine and our dedicated team of medical experts. Please click here 

    To read further about this miraculous story, please visit our Newsroom to view the full story highlighted in the following newspapers: The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, The San Bernardino Sun, and The Press Enterprise. Please click here.