The Queen cutting the ribbon. Photo: David Sica/Stella Pictures.
On Tuesday 6 September, The Queen opened a new intensive care ward for ECMO treatment at Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital, Karolinska Hospital, in Solna outside Stockholm.
ECMO stands for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and involves oxygenating the blood via an artificial lung using a heart-lung machine. The ECMO Centre at Karolinska Hospital treats patients with temporary lung and/or heart failure, where other intensive care treatment is not sufficient for saving the patient's life. Treatment time varies from a few days, to several months. Today, the ECMO Centre is the only centre in Sweden and the Nordic region that treats all age groups.