Extracorporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Adults. Interim Guideline Consensus Statement From the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization

Alexander Sacha C. Richardson, Joseph E. Tonna, Vinodh Nanjayya, Paul Nixon, Darryl C. Abrams, Lakshmi Raman, Stephen Bernard, Simon J. Finney, Brian Grunau, Scott T. Youngquist, Stephen H. McKellar, Zachary Shinar, Jason A. Bartos, Lance B. Becker, Demetris Yannopoulos, Jan Bˇelohlávek, Lionel Lamhaut, Vincent Pellegrino, Robert Neumar, Shingo IchibaThomas Mueller, Alain Combes

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Disclaimer: Veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is increasingly being deployed for selected patients in cardiac arrest who do not attain a native circulation with conventional CPR (ECPR). This ELSO guideline is intended to be a practical guide to implementing ECPR and the early management following establishment of ECMO support. Where a paucity of high-quality evidence exists, a consensus has been reached amongst the authors to provide guidance to the clinician. This guideline will be updated as further evidence in this field becomes available.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-228
Number of pages8
JournalASAIO Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Disclosure: Dr. Tonna was supported by a career development award (K23HL141596) from the National Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Tonna received speakers’ fees from LivaNova related to cardiac arrest. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. The other authors have no conflicts of interest to report.

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Copyright © ELSO 2021.


  • cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
  • resuscitation
  • Humans
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/methods
  • Male
  • Heart Arrest/therapy
  • Consensus
  • Patient Selection

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Practice Guideline


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