Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO)
The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) is an international non-profit consortium of health care institutions who are dedicated to the development and evaluation of novel therapies for support of failing organ systems. Crucial is the promotion of a broad multidisciplinary collaboration. The primary mission of the Organization is to maintain a registry of, at least, use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in active ELSO centers. As appropriate, registries of other novel forms of organ system support are within the purview of ELSO. Registry data is to be used to support clinical research, support regulatory agencies, and support individual ELSO centers. ELSO provides educational programs for active centers as well as for the broader medical and lay communities.
To provide support to institutions delivering extracorporeal life support through continuing education, guidelines development, original research, publications and maintenance of a comprehensive registry of patient data.
The guiding principles of ELSO are:
Seeking to identify and promote advances for the application of extracorporeal therapies.
Bringing together world leaders in the care of critically ill patients for collaboration to advance quality of care through education and publication.
Maintaining a comprehensive registry of data to assist in reducing morbidity and improving survival of patients requiring extracorporeal therapies.
Fostering communication and collaboration among professionals who apply advanced technologies in the treatment of refractory organ failure.
ELSO will be the premier organization providing education, training, research, and data management for the advancement of extracorporeal life support throughout the world.