Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO)

World’s Largest Registry of ECMO Runs and ECLS Centers

ELSO was founded in 1989 by Robert H. Bartlett, MD, who is credited with developing extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in the 1960s and ’70s.
Dr. Bartlett is still involved with ELSO and continues to direct the Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) Laboratory at the University of Michigan.

About ELSO

The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) is an international nonprofit consortium of health care institutions, researchers, and industry partners. We provide support to those delivering extracorporeal life support through continuing education, guidelines, original research, publications, and a comprehensive registry of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) patient data.

ELSO’s 33rd Annual Conference

Registration is now open. Please register here
We look forward to seeing you in Boston at the Marriott Copley Place.
Pre-Conference: September 14 – 15, 2022
Conference: September 15 – 17, 2022
We will have a virtual component which we will share the details of soon


Evolving Outcomes of ECMO Support in COVID-19
Patients: Findings from the International ELSO Registry

Ann Arbor, MI Sept. 29, 2021 The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) announced today publication in The Lancet of a follow-up to an earlier Lancet publication examining the treatment of COVID-19 patients with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support. COVID-19 patients treated with ECMO more recently had worse mortality and required support for longer.

ECMO Capacity Map

With limited availability of ECMO beds in some regions, ELSO's ECMO Availability Center Map helps determine availability. Individual ELSO centers update their own status. Always consult with your health care provider on your specific needs.

What Is Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)?

Learn all about extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, which is a common treatment in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), COVID-19, and other critical care situations. Although ECMO may not cure the patient, it gives him or her a chance to heal by giving their heart and lungs time to rest.

What Is ECMO? >>

Join ELSO

As a member, you can contribute to and use registry data, benchmark patient outcomes, request data for research, and gain education and training. We offer three membership levels: center, corporate and individual. Learn more about the benefits and apply online

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ELSO Registry

We maintain a registry of active ELSO centers that use ECMO. Registry data is used to support clinical research, regulatory agencies and individual ELSO centers who need to make decisions on patient care and treatment protocols

ELSO Registry >>

ECMO in COVID-19

Find resources and guidance for ELSO centers who need to manage COVID-19 patients. We update this information continuously as the scientific data evolves. Plus, check out the COVID-19 Dashboard to help you make decisions in real-time.

ECMO in COVID-19 >>

ELSO Award of Excellence

Our Award for Excellence in Life Support recognizes extracorporeal life support (ECLS) centers that demonstrate exceptional commitment to evidence-based processes, quality measures, staff training, continuing education, patient satisfaction and ongoing care.

ELSO Award of Excellence >>

ELSO Resources

Our discussion board, presentations, job listings, newsletters, guidelines, articles and other useful information help ELSO centers perform at the top of their game. We also help patients, their families and caregivers understand ECMO.

ELSO Resources >>

ELSO Publications

We’ve poured our original research into the comprehensive guides “Extracorporeal Life Support: The ELSO Red Book” and “ECMO Specialist Training Manual,” available in English or Spanish.

ELSO Publications >>

Education & Events

ELSO provides continuing education for active centers as well as for the broader medical and lay communities. Whether you want meetings, courses, workshops, online classes, hands-on simulation training or annual conferences, our educational opportunities help you stay up to date.

Education & Events >>

Get Involved

Join the discussion and foster communication and collaboration among professionals who apply advanced technologies in treating refractory organ failure.

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ELSO Live Registry Dashboard

Total Submitted Cases Total Cases YTD Total Submitted Cases YTD
178,494 5,033 3,619
View Complete Live Registry Dashboard
COVID-19 Cases on ECMO in the ELSO Registry
Total COVID-19 Cases COVID-19
Confirmed Cases
14,620
Total counts of COVID-19 confirmed patients.
Patients who initiated ECMO at
least 90 days ago
COVID-19
Confirmed
13,475
COVID-19
In-hospital Mortality
47%
COVID-19 ECMO counts by ELSO Chapter
North America 9,537
Europe 2,995
Asia Pacific 250
Latin America 940
SWAAC 956

FULL COVID-19 REGISTRY DASHBOARD

Disclaimer


Notice:

Help for ECMO Centers in Ukraine

ELSO is working with our EuroELSO Chapter to provide medical supplies, either directly, or funding for such, through our colleagues. ECMO Centers in Kyiv and Lviv are in need of support to maintain reasonably normal patient care, including emergency surgeries, pediatric cardiac surgery, and advanced ICU care.
Supplies sought include: femoral adult cannulas, central venous and arterial cannulas for children, Dideco Kids D100 neonatal oxygenators, Terumo Baby FX oxygenator with integrated arterial filter and kits for cell saver Fresenius Kabi Continuous AutoTransfusion System (C.A.T.S.), and trauma supplies.
Alternatively, funds can be used for direct purchase of equipment if shipping is inconvenient.
Please contact Dr. Konstanty Szuldrzynski ([email protected]) or Dr. Justyna Swol ([email protected]) for more details on specific arrangements.
Thank you for your support of centers in need of supplies in Ukraine.

ELSO Board of Directors and Leadership Team and EuroELSO

ELSO – Adult ECMO Practitioner Certification Exam

ELSO is pleased to open applications for the ELSO – Adult ECMO Practitioner Certification Exam. This exam has been rigorously prepared to meet a global standard to certify foundational knowledge for adult ECMO practitioners. Our exam uses external proctoring to allow for practitioners to sit for the exam using your personal computer at your convenience. Practitioners can apply for eligibility to take the exam. More information can be found on the link below.
https://www.elso.org/Education/certificationexam.aspx

ECMO Capacity Map

With the current increase in COVID-19 cases please update your ECMO capacity here: http://www.elso.org/UpdateECMOCapacity. Center administrators can also update the capacity from the Manage - Manage Center Details section.

Also remember to input your cases as soon as patients go on ECMO.
View ECMO Capacity Map

ECPR and Resuscitative ECMO

ELSO is pleased to announce our first monograph is now available. ECPR and Resuscitative ECMO by Zachary Shinar and Jenelle Badulak. To purchase please visit our publications page listed below.
https://www.elso.org/Publications.aspx

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


Meetings

33rd Annual ELSO Conference 09/14/2022 - 09/17/2022
Location: Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA
1-734-293-2101 [email protected]
Posted Date: 11/05/2021
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34th Annual ELSO Conference 09/27/2023 - 10/01/2023
Location: Hyatt Regency Seattle, WA
[email protected]
Posted Date: 06/17/2022

35th Annual ELSO Conference 09/11/2024 - 09/16/2024
Location: JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ
[email protected]
Posted Date: 06/17/2022

ELSO Courses/Workshops

ELSO Foundations Adult ECMO Training Course 12/21/2021 - 12/01/2028
Location: Online
[email protected]
Posted Date: 12/21/2021
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ECMO Cannulation Workshop 10/24/2022 - 10/25/2022
Location: ELSO Headquarters - Ann Arbor, MI
[email protected]
Posted Date: 02/11/2022
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Extracorporeal Life Support Adult ECMO Simulation Training Course 11/02/2022 - 11/05/2022
Location: Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest
[email protected]
Posted Date: 06/14/2022
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