A life saving technology is not available for children in our area. UW Health is working with local first responders to help them recognize when children as young as 13 years old qualify for the new ECMO technology.

MADISON, Wis. — UW Health says ECMO technology to treat cardiac arrest will now be available for children as young as 13.

The health care provider is partnering with first responder agencies in the Madison area to help them recognize when a child with a near-adult-sized body would qualify for the ECMO when experiencing cardiac arrest. The training would teach EMS personnel how to prepare the child for the ECMO procedure once they get to the emergency department.