ELSO Guidelines

Patient Care Practice Guidelines

General Guidelines for all Cases

ELSO Guidelines General v1.4 
Equipment, cannulation, safety measures and general management of the ECLS patient are discussed within these guidelines.

Guidelines for ECMO Transport Last updated: May 2015

Ultrasound Guidance for Extra-corporeal Membrane Oxygenation Last updated: May 2015

Respiratory Support Guidelines

Circulatory / Cardiac Support

Guidelines for ECMO in COVID-19

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

Special Topic Guidelines

ELSO Anticoagulation Guideline
ELSO Anticoagulation Guidelines 2014

ELSO Recommendations for Neonatal-Pediatric ECMO Patient Follow-Up
Time directed follow-up recommendations for the ECMO patient, with specific emphasis on family, community and schools.

ELSO H1N1 Specific Guidelines
Pre-ECMO through Post-ECMO care of the influenza A(H1N1)-associated ARDS patient are described herein.

Interim Guidelines Consensus Statement From the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization
Management of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Treated With Extracorporeal Life Support

Center and Training Guidelines

ELSO Guidelines For ECMO Centers v1.8 Last Update: March 2014
Provides centers with physical and personnel attributes needed to safely provide ECMO.

ELSO Guidelines for Training and Continuing Education of ECMO Specialists
New and experienced ECMO centers will find valuable information regarding the training and continuing education of the bedside ECMO specialist here.


Guidelines News

PCICS ELSO Statement

Joint Statement on Mechanical Circulatory Support in Children: A Consensus Review from the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society and Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (http://journals.lww.com/pccmjournal/toc/2013/06001)

Position Paper on Adult ECMO Centers

Position Paper for the Organization of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Programs for Acute Respiratory Failure in Adult Patients. Published online, July 2014. (http://www.atsjournals.org/doi/full/10.1164/rccm.201404-0630CP#.VAXoGaMzxH4)

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