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: https://www.elso.org/Membership/CenterMap.aspx). Center administrators can update the capacity here: http://www.elso.org/UpdateECMOCapacity) 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,
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