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Legacy Emanuel unveils new ambulance dedicated to the mobile ECMO team in preparation for the flu season
Legacy Emanuel unveils new ambulance dedicated to the mobile ECMO team in preparation for the flu season
Legacy Emanuel's Mobile ECMO Team is equipped for the flu season; unveils a dedicated oversized ambulance for transporting severely-ill flu patients (Photo) - 10/11/18

Media Opportunity October 12: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center

Legacy Emanuel’s Mobile ECMO Team is equipped for the flu season; unveils a dedicated oversized ambulance for transporting severely-ill flu patients

Media Opportunity:

11 a.m. Friday, October 12, 2018, At Legacy Emanuel near the Emergency Room entrance (N. Kerby Ave.). Legacy Emanuel’s dedicated Mobile ECMO Team AMR ambulance, physicians, former flu patient.

Interviews:

  • Portland police officer, a married father of four, a former ECMO patient who just recovered from near-fatal flu complications. He didn’t get a flu shot.
  • Dr. Joseph Deng, M.D., director of Legacy Emanuel ECMO Services and head of the Legacy Health Mobile ECMO Team.
  • Eric Dodge, AMR Ambulance

Visuals:

  • Ambulance (external/internal)
  • Portable ECMO equipment

(Portland, OR) The important message is to get a flu shot. According to recently released data by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, last year’s flu season was the worst in decades. A flu shot can prevent infections and reduce the severity of flu complications or even death.

In preparation for the flu season, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center unveiled a dedicated AMR ambulance for the state’s only Mobile ECMO team. ECMO, or Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation, is a sophisticated life-saving procedure which takes over the oxygenation and heart function in patients with severe lung disease, cardiac disease or trauma. Legacy Emanuel is one of two hospitals in Oregon that has the ECMO service but the only one with a mobile team to pick up and transport patients. When a physician from another hospital calls for the Mobile ECMO Team, a patient is on the verge of dying.

The oversized AMR ambulance can hold nine medical personnel, specialized equipment and a portable ECMO machine to stabilize the patient. The Mobile ECMO Team, staffed with critical care physicians, nurses and other medical professionals, is available 24/7 to pick up severely ill patients suffering from flu complications whose only hope may be the life-saving ECMO procedure. Patients are transported back to Legacy Emanuel for inpatient ECMO treatment in the Neuro-Trauma Intensive Care Unit.

Last flu season, the Mobile ECMO Team picked up 22 patients with an 80% survival rate, 21% above the international average. They also travel by air and last year, flew 12 hours to Palmer, AK, to pick up a flu patient.

 

 

 

 

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