Welcome to ELSO!


What is ELSO?

The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) is an international non-profit consortium of health care centers and individuals who are dedicated to the development, evaluation and improvement of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and other innovative therapies for support of failing organ systems in the neonate, child and adult. ELSO is made up of a broad multidisciplinary collaboration of physicians, nurses, perfusionists, respiratory therapists, technicians, researchers, and industry experts. Global chapters of ELSO provide education and expertise in ECMO delivery around the world.

How Does ELSO Accomplish Its Mission?

ELSO serves the needs of patients and the extracorporeal support community through:

-Maintaining, since 1989, the world’s largest registry of data on patients receiving ECMO

-Using ELSO registry data to support clinical research, individual ELSO center quality assessment, and regulatory needs for ECMO

-Providing state-of-the art ECMO educational programs including expert didactics and hands-on simulation training around the globe

-Publishing the ELSO Red Book, the the definitive reference of physiology and clinical provision of ECMO

-Partnering with its global chapters (EuroELSO, Asia-Pacific ELSO, Latin American ELSO, and South and West Asia ELSO) to advance ECMO support internationally

-Hosting the annual ELSO Educational and Scientific Conference, in addition to supporting global chapter conferences

-Benchmarking delivery of institutional ECMO support through the ELSO Award of Excellence for centers (recognized by US News and World Report)

-Advocating for technological and industry-based improvement in ECMO delivery and devices


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ECMO Research

How to approach the acute respiratory distress syndrome: Prevention, plan, and prudence.
Author: Koh Y
How to approach the acute respiratory distress syndrome: Prevention, plan, and prudence. Respir Investig. 2017 May;55(3):190-195 Authors: Koh Y Abstract The acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is typically manifested by refractory hypoxemia with high mortality....

Regulatory: Device Recalls

Medtronic Neurosurgery - StrataMR Adjustable Valves & Shunts - Class 1 Recall
The Medtronic StrataMR adjustable valves and shunts are designed to provide continuous cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow from the ventricles of the brain into the right atrium of the heart or the peritoneal cavity. The design enables the physician to non-invasive adjust valve pressure/performance level pre- and post-implantation...

Philips Electronics North America Corporation - Philps HeartStart MRx Monitor/Defibrillator - Class 1 Recall
HeartStart MRx Monitor/Defibrillator, Model numbers: M3535A (M3535ATZ) M3536A (M3536ATZ), M3536M, M3536MC, M3536M2, M3536M4, M3536M5, M3536M6, M3536M7, M3536M8, M3536M9

Merit Medical Systems, Inc. - 7F Prelude Short Sheath Introducer - Class 1 Recall
7F Prelude¿ Short Sheath Introducer. Catalog Numbers: K15-00070, K15-00170, PSS-7F-4-035MT, PSS-7F-4MT. Produc Usage: The Merit Prelude¿ Short Sheath Introducer is intended to provide access and facilitate the percutaneous introduction of various devices into veins and/or arteries while maintaining...

Laerdal Medical Corporation - LCSU 4 - Class 2 Recall
Laerdal Compact Suction Unit ¿ 4 under the following labels: 1) 300 ml (3.3 lbs) canister version - CATALOG #(s): 88006101 - LCSU 4, 300 ml Complete unit (US), 88006103 - LCSU 4, 300 ml Complete unit (UK), 88006140 - LCSU 4, 300 ml Complete unit (EUR), 881151 - Replacement unit, 88006201 - LCSU 4, 300 ml,...

CP Medical Inc - Monoswift - Class 2 Recall
PGCL [poly (glycolide-co-caprolactone)] Absorbable Suture, Manufacturer CP Medical, Portland OR, Sterile, Product Codes L923, L459, L493, L762, L463, L922, L495, L463, L497, L494, L493

Elcam Medical, Inc. - Class 2 Recall
Elcam Minimal Residual Volume Luer-activated Swabable-stockcock (MRVLS) 4w gxl:w1/r rbls Product Usage: indicated for fluid flow directional control and for providing access ports for administration of intravenous solutions. Typical uses include pressure monitoring, intravenous fluid administration and...

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