COVID-19 Cases on ECMO in the ELSO Registry
Suspected or Confirmed
Confirmed Cases
Discharged Alive
209/398 (52%)
Total counts of COVID-19 confirmed patients and count of COVID-19 suspected but not confirmed by testing.
COVID-19 ECMO counts by ELSO Chapter
North America674
Asia Pacific23
Latin America26
* not reporting cases where n < 5
Reports counts of ECMO-supported suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases by ELSO Chapter (provided the chapter has at least 5 cases reported)



Welcome to ELSO

The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) is an international non-profit consortium of health care institutions who are dedicated to the development and evaluation of novel therapies for support of failing organ systems. Crucial is the promotion of a broad multidisciplinary collaboration. The primary mission of the Organization is to maintain a registry of, at least, use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in active ELSO centers. As appropriate, registries of other novel forms of organ system support are within the purview of ELSO. Registry data is to be used to support clinical research, support regulatory agencies, and support individual ELSO centers. ELSO provides educational programs for active centers as well as for the broader medical and lay communities.


An Update on ECMO in COVID19 from ELSO’s President, Dr. Mark Ogino.
Posted May 4, 2020.

ELSO's response to COVID-19 from ELSO's President, Dr. Mark Ogino. The use of ECMO in treating COVID-19 patients.


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

ECMO 101 Online Modules

ELSO is pleased to launch ECMO 101, a series of introductory online modules that provide an important first step in building your ECMO knowledge base. ELSO would like to recognize Pauline Ng for her leadership in the development of ECMO 101. These first modules are being offered now for free. ECMO 102 and beyond will soon follow.
ECMO 101 Modules

Reporting COVID19 Cases into the ELSO Registry.

In an effort to better understand the impact of COVID19 on ECMO we have added a question asking if a patient has COVID19. Confirmed COVID-19 cases should utilize the ICD-10 emergency code U07.1, 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease as the primary diagnosis. The COVID-19 addendum is now available. Please enter your cases when they go on ECMO and update record as needed.

There are 4 response options.
COVID19 confirmed by testing
COVID19 suspected but NO testing
No clinical suspicion of COVID19 (and no testing)
COVID19 confirmed negative

ECMO Capacity Map

ELSO has developed a map that quickly shows ECMO capacity (map: Center administrators can update the capacity here: or from the Manage - Manage Center Details section. Please download a new app (search for: ELSO Update ECMO Capacity) on your mobile device for efficient capacity status communication, which should be available very soon.

The ELSO Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of Christine Stead as Interim CEO.

Ms. Stead holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular & Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Health Services Administration in Health Management and Policy, also from the University of Michigan. She has spent the last 20 years in management consulting with a wide variety of healthcare-related customers, focusing on strategy with a strong operational foundation.

According to ELSO’s President, Dr. Mark Ogino “We look forward to Christine leveraging her considerable management experience for the benefit of ELSO, as we chart our course for the future.”

With the guidance of its Executive Director, Peter Rycus, ELSO has achieved significant growth on an international scale, both in terms of revenue and membership. The addition of Ms. Stead will allow ELSO to continue this growth while expanding its leadership role in other related areas. Ms. Stead will provide leadership in defining and implementing the organizational structure needed to achieve these goals.


Dear ELSO Member,

The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (“ELSO”) is committed to protecting your privacy and information. Recently an organization, DNV-GL, sent an email messages to ELSO members soliciting participation in their DNV GL ECLS Certification Program. This email was not endorsed or authorized by ELSO and ELSO did not provide its mailing list to the sender. The use of email addresses or other identifying information of ELSO website users for any purpose not specifically authorized by ELSO is strictly prohibited by the website Terms of Use. ELSO has no knowledge of the content or quality of the program offered by DNV-GL and does not endorse or have a relationship with DNV-GL.

ELSO is dedicated to the development and evaluation of novel therapies for support of failing organ systems and provision of education, training, research, and data management for the advancement of extracorporeal life support throughout the world. Toward that end, ELSO currently offers the ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support to qualified ELSO member centers that wish to receive designation as a Center of Excellence in Life Support. Centers that meet the criteria are welcome to apply and if successful are recognized as distinguished leaders in critical care. The ELSO Award for Excellence is recognized by the US News and World Report and Parents magazine as one criterion for top institutions providing ECLS.

ELSO’s goal is to recognize and honor ECLS programs that meet or exceed performance, innovation, satisfaction and quality levels defined by ELSO member centers through a broad certification program to be launched soon. Please join us in Hawaii for our 31st Annual ELSO meeting, where we will announce an exciting new process to recognize ECLS Centers.

Mark T Ogino, MD
ELSO | President (2018-2020)
Extracorporeal Life Support Organization

Individual Membership

Join the discussion and begin fostering communication and collaboration among professionals who apply advanced technologies in the treatment of refractory organ failure

Individual Membership

Join the discussion and begin fostering communication and collaboration among professionals who apply advanced technologies in the treatment of refractory organ failure

Individual Membership

Join the discussion and begin fostering communication and collaboration among professionals who apply advanced technologies in the treatment of refractory organ failure


31st Annual ELSO Conference 09/23/2020 - 09/26/2020
Location: Virtual (Details being finalized)
Kennethia Banks or Peter Rycus 734-998-6600
Posted Date: 04/04/2018
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9th Euro-ELSO Meeting 03/29/2021 - 03/31/2021
Location: London, England
Posted Date: 03/26/2020
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ELSO Courses/Workshops

Adult ECMO for respiratory failure and septic shock 10/05/2020 - 10/08/2020
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Björn Frenckner +46707226115
Posted Date: 04/16/2020
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Extracorporeal Life Support in Adult Critical Care: An ELSO Course 11/11/2020 - 11/13/2020
Location: Emory Conference Center Atlanta, GA
Kennethia Banks 734-998-6600
Posted Date: 05/22/2019

ELSO Cannulation Workshop 11/15/2020 - 11/16/2020
Location: Emory Conference Center, Atlanta, GA
Kennethia Banks 734-998-6600
Posted Date: 06/06/2019