Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO)

World’s Largest Registry of ECMO Runs and ECLS Centers

ELSO was founded in 1989 by Robert H. Bartlett, MD, who is credited with developing extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in the 1960s and ’70s.
Dr. Bartlett is still involved with ELSO and continues to direct the Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) Laboratory at the University of Michigan.

About ELSO

The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) is an international nonprofit consortium of health care institutions, researchers, and industry partners. We provide support to those delivering extracorporeal life support through continuing education, guidelines, original research, publications, and maintenance of a comprehensive registry of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) patient data.

Evolving Outcomes of ECMO Support in COVID-19
Patients: Findings from the International ELSO Registry

Ann Arbor, MI Sept. 29, 2021 The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) announced today publication in The Lancet of a follow-up to an earlier Lancet publication examining the treatment of COVID-19 patients with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support. COVID-19 patients treated with ECMO more recently had worse mortality and required support for longer.

ECMO Capacity Map

With limited availability of ECMO beds in some regions, ELSO's ECMO Availability Center Map helps determine availability. Individual ELSO centers update their own status. Always consult with your health care provider on your specific needs.

What Is Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)?

Learn all about extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, which is a common treatment in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), COVID-19, and other critical care situations. Although ECMO may not cure the patient, it gives him or her a chance to heal by giving their heart and lungs time to rest.

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As a member, you can contribute to and use registry data, benchmark patient outcomes, request data for research, and gain education and training. We offer three membership levels: center, corporate and individual. Learn more about the benefits and apply online

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ELSO Registry

We maintain a registry of active ELSO centers that use ECMO. Registry data is used to support clinical research, regulatory agencies and individual ELSO centers who need to make decisions on patient care and treatment protocols

ELSO Registry >>


Find resources and guidance for ELSO centers who need to manage COVID-19 patients. We update this information continuously as the scientific data evolves. Plus, check out the COVID-19 Dashboard to help you make decisions in real-time.

ECMO in COVID-19 >>

ELSO Award of Excellence

Our Award for Excellence in Life Support recognizes extracorporeal life support (ECLS) centers that demonstrate exceptional commitment to evidence-based processes, quality measures, staff training, continuing education, patient satisfaction and ongoing care.

ELSO Award of Excellence >>

ELSO Resources

Our discussion board, presentations, job listings, newsletters, guidelines, articles and other useful information help ELSO centers perform at the top of their game. We also help patients, their families and caregivers understand ECMO.

ELSO Resources >>

ELSO Publications

We’ve poured our original research into the comprehensive guides “Extracorporeal Life Support: The ELSO Red Book” and “ECMO Specialist Training Manual,” available in English or Spanish.

ELSO Publications >>

Education & Events

ELSO provides continuing education for active centers as well as for the broader medical and lay communities. Whether you want meetings, courses, workshops, online classes, hands-on simulation training or annual conferences, our educational opportunities help you stay up to date.

Education & Events >>

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ELSO Live Registry Dashboard

Total Submitted Cases Total Cases YTD Total Submitted Cases YTD
172,114 13,986 12,863
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COVID-19 Cases on ECMO in the ELSO Registry
Total COVID-19 Cases COVID-19
Confirmed Cases
Total counts of COVID-19 confirmed patients..
Patients who initiated ECMO at
least 90 days ago
In-hospital Mortality
COVID-19 ECMO counts by ELSO Chapter
North America 7,075
Europe 2,198
Asia Pacific 146
Latin America 690




ECMO Capacity Map

With the current increase in COVID-19 cases please update your ECMO capacity here: http://www.elso.org/UpdateECMOCapacity. Center administrators can also update the capacity from the Manage - Manage Center Details section.

Also remember to input your cases as soon as patients go on ECMO.
View ECMO Capacity Map

ECPR and Resuscitative ECMO

ELSO is pleased to announce our first monograph is now available. ECPR and Resuscitative ECMO by Zachary Shinar and Jenelle Badulak. To purchase please visit our publications page listed below.

Guidelines for ECMO in COVID-19 patients

ELSO has prepared an in-depth set of guidelines for ECMO in COVID-19 patients. These have been collaboratively developed by a global team of ECMO experts. The guidelines include: patient selection criteria, cannulation and decannulation strategies, transport on ECMO, PPE and staff protection strategies with ECMO, to ethical dilemmas and quality. ELSO wants to recognize the leadership of Kiran Shekar in chairing the development of these guidelines during a critical time.
Guidelines for ECMO in COVID-19 patients Link


32nd Annual ELSO Conference 09/30/2021 - 12/31/2021
Location: Virtual
Posted Date: 05/26/2020
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SWAACELSO 2022 Meeting 02/26/2022 - 02/28/2022
Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Ms. Najla Alharbi Swaacelso2020@moh.gov.sa
Posted Date: 10/04/2021

10th EuroELSO Congress 05/04/2022 - 05/06/2022
Location: London, UK
Posted Date: 06/10/2021
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SEECMO 05/20/2022 - 05/22/2022
Location: Nashville, TN
Daphne Hardison 615-972-8441 daphne.hardison@vumc.org
Posted Date: 10/05/2021

33rd Annual ELSO Conference, Boston, MA 09/14/2022 - 09/17/2022
Location: Boston Marriott Copley Place
Posted Date: 11/05/2021

ELSO Courses/Workshops

ECMO Transport Workshop - Virtual 12/09/2021 - 12/10/2021
Location: Virtual
Posted Date: 10/27/2021
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ECMO Simulation Course 02/04/2022 - 02/05/2022
Location: Caribe Hilton, Puerto Rico
Posted Date: 11/10/2021
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