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.
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? >>
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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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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