The ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support

The application is a multi-focus assessment of an ECLS Center. It was developed based on the ELSO Guidelines for New ECLS Programs and the ELSO Guidelines for Training and Education. ECLS Centers that wish to achieve the Center of Excellence designation should use these guidelines and go above and beyond expectations. Centers must be experienced in patient care with established policies and procedures. They should have a comprehensive, in-depth training and education process, as well as a defined family education program. Centers must incorporate highly developed quality initiatives and continuously review processes within their program. Outcome reviews must be demonstrated as an integral component of their organization.

The application is divided into seven sections:

1. Systems Focus – the ECLS Center provides generalized information about your institution

2. Environmental Focus – the Center provides information about the facility and equipment available for ECLS

3. Workforce Focus – the center describes the personnel caring for the patient

4. Knowledge Management – the Center provides information on the ECLS Team training and competencies

5. Quality Focus – the Center provides evidence regarding continuous quality improvement activities

6. Process Optimization – the Center provides information concerning outcome reviews and developmentally focused care

7. Patient & Family Focus – the Center describes the family education and participation in care

Criteria

Centers may apply for the ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support after meeting these qualifying criteria. A Center:

  • must be an ELSO member in good standing for at least 3 years,
  • must have supported an average of five (5) patients per year for the past 5 years,
  • must have reported all patients to the ELSO registry

After meeting these requirements, a Center may complete the ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support application. A minimum score must be achieved on the application in order to be designated as a Center of Excellence. The application is reviewed and scored in seven categories; the score is received using a standardized Award Scoring Tool based on a five (5) point Likert Scale. Each question is scored and the total score is tabulated.


Centers may apply for the Path to Excellence in Life Support after meeting these qualifying criteria. A Center:

  • must be an ELSO member in good standing and,
  • all patients treated with ECLS must be reported to ELSO (there is no minimum patient requirement)

After meeting these requirements, the ECLS program may complete the application for the Path to Excellence recognition. A minimum score must be achieved on the application in order to be designated as on the Path to Excellence. The application is reviewed and scored in four categories; the score is received using a standardized Award Scoring Tool based on a five (5) point Likert Scale. Each question is scored and the total score is tabulated.

Achieving the Path to Excellence recognition allows the ECLS program to continue forward with patient care and the development of a robust quality review program that should allow them to meet criteria to apply for the ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support designation

Award Designations

The Gold or Platinum ELSO Award recognizes those centers who have achieved qualifying scores on the Excellence in Life Support Application. ELSO also recognizes new and developing centers that are following ELSO guidelines but do not yet meet all the application criteria required for the Center of Excellence designation at the gold or platinum levels.

The ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support has an entry-level application process for those new ECLS programs that desire a review of their initial processes, such as equipment, personnel and training. These programs are invested in following the ELSO guidelines.

The Silver ELSO Award recognizes these centers that are on the Path to Excellence.

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