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Seattle Children’s new tech to help sick children in rural areas get to Seattle for care

Seattle Children’s new tech to help sick children in rural areas get to Seattle for care

For very sick children in rural communities, access to care can mean a decision between a long, dangerous trip to a far-away hospital or less-sophisticated care in their local facility. With an international reputation for extracorporeal (outside the body) life support, Seattle Children's took the step this week to further its expertise and invest in portable ECMO technology, which it says will allow them to reach sick children in distant communities who were previously considered too fragile to be transported. "Mobile ECMO allows us to extend our reach and expertise beyond the hospital walls to care for kids in need," said Dr. Mike McMullan, director of the extracorporeal life support services at Seattle Children's. "It is a question of access to care."

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Seattle Children’s mission is to provide hope, care and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. Together, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Research Institute and Foundation deliver superior patient care, identify new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients.

Ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country. As one of the nation's top five pediatric research centers, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is internationally recognized for its work in neurosciences, immunology, cancer, infectious disease, injury prevention and much more. Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation works with the Seattle Children’s Guild Association, the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care and research.

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