Setup and maintenance of extracorporeal life support programs

Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2013 Jun;14(5 Suppl 1):S84-93. doi: 10.1097/PCC.0b013e318292e528.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Clinical Competence
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation* / education
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation* / instrumentation
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation* / standards
  • Humans
  • Leadership
  • Life Support Care / organization & administration*
  • Life Support Care / standards
  • Personnel Staffing and Scheduling
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quality Improvement