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Setup and Maintenance of Extracorporeal Life Support Programs

Guerguerian, Anne-Marie MD, PhD1; Ogino, Mark T. MD2; Dalton, Heidi J. MD3; Shekerdemian, Lara S. MB ChB, MD, MHA4

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/PCC.0b013e318292e528
Joint Statement on Mechanical Circulatory Support

Setting up an extracorporeal life support program requires motivated experts, institutional commitment, and an interprofessional team of healthcare providers with dedicated time, space, and resources. This article provides guidance on the key steps involved in the process of developing a sustainable extracorporeal membrane oxygenation program, based on guidelines from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization and from an international perspective.

Author Information

1Departments of Critical Care Medicine and Paediatrics, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

2AI duPont Hospital for Children, Thomas Jefferson University, Wilmington, DE.

3Department of Critical Care Medicine, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, AZ.

4Department of Critical Care Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.

Dr. Dalton has disclosed receiving financial support from the National Institutes of Health. The remaining authors have disclosed that they do not have any potential conflicts of interest.

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