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Temple provides extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for patients with immediate, life-threatening heart or lung failure. A large device located in the intensive care unit at Temple University Hospital, the ECMO machine replaces the respiratory function of the heart and lungs. Deoxygenated blood is taken from the patient, oxygen is added and carbon dioxide is removed, and then the blood is returned to the patient’s arterial system. This support keeps patients alive until the patient’s condition can be addressed by Temple’s heart failure cardiologists.