UT Medical Center offers therapy for lung and heart patients

Health

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — University of Tennessee Medical Center is becoming the first hospital in the region to offer a potentially life-saving therapy for seriously ill patients with lung and heart conditions.

The treatment is called ECMO, or extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation.

The new machine essentially does the work for the patient’s heart and lungs; allowing the patient time to heal.

“This is a support device. It allows us to support the patient, while either the body heals or we can get them to a destination therapy. Such as an advanced cardiac support as a ventricular cyst device or even transplant.”

Dr. Ben Bevill – Medical Director of UT Medical Center’s ECMO Program

Before this, patients requiring ECMO therapy had to be transferred to Nashville, Lexington or Atlanta for the demanded treatment.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

WATE 6 On Your Side Twitter