Initial ELSO Guidance Document: ECMO for COVID-19 Patients with Severe Cardiopulmonary Failure

Robert H. Bartlett, Mark T. Ogino, Daniel Brodie, David M. McMullan, Roberto Lorusso, Graeme MacLaren, Christine M. Stead, Peter Rycus, John F. Fraser, Jan Belohlavek, Leonardo Salazar, Yatin Mehta, Lakshmi Raman, Matthew L. Paden*

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Disclaimer: ECMO has, and will certainly continue, to play a role in the management of COVID-19 patients. It should be emphasized that this initial guidance is based on the current best evidence for ECMO use during this pandemic. Guidance documents addressing additional portions of ECMO care are currently being assembled for rapid publication and distribution to ECMO centers worldwide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)472-474
Number of pages3
JournalAsaio Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2020


  • extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
  • acute respiratory distress syndrome
  • COVID-19
  • pandemic

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