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The 2017 Host City for the Euro-ELSO Conference is Maastricht (The Netherlands).
On behalf of the local organizing and scientific committees it is a great pleasure to invite you all to the 6th Euro-ELSO Congress.

The congress will be held in Maastricht, a city of culture, learning and business. Beside that is Maastricht one of the three leading conference cities in the Netherlands. Maastricht is the oldest, most Southern city in the Netherlands and has a population of 125,000. With a history stretching back some 2,000 years ago, the Romans, Spaniards, French and Germans have all left their mark in Maastricht. Maastricht has been the crossroads of cultures and trade for thousands of years.

This meeting will be an important platform for learning and networking opportunities for intensivists, neonatologists, cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, paediatric surgeons, general surgeons, perfusionists, thoracic surgeons, respiratory therapists, intensive care nurses, emergency medicine doctors and nurses, and all other professionals interested in the care of patients with both cardiac and respiratory failure.

We will build on the excellent learning opportunities already shared at the previous four meetings and aim to deliver a comprehensive programme on all aspects of ECMO and ECLS but particularly focusing on the positive impact of team cohesion, quality training, safe ECMO/ECLS transfer and state of the art technology can make to our patients. The draft programme for the 6th Euro-ELSO congress is already looking very exciting, and I hope to welcome you all in Maastricht in 2017 for some days of intense intellectual engagement, meeting old and friends and making new ones, and perhaps a glass or two of one of the Netherlands national drinks.

Prof. Jos Maessen, MD, PhD

2017 Euro-ELSO Congress Chairman

Maastricht University Medical Centre
Heart & Vascular Centre
Maastricht, The Netherlands


Dear friends and participants,

On behalf of the Euro-ELSO Steering Committee, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 6th Euro-ELSO Annual Conference which this year will be held in the beautiful city of Maastricht, where culture, learning and business meet.

Clinical and scientific activities in ECMO and ECLS fields are running fast, with new information becoming available, shedding more experience and particularly new knowledge in this complex setting. Furthermore, industry is providing better and more performant devices enhancing application and safety of ECMO systems.

However, many aspects are still unclear or unknown. Expanded indications, patient selection, complication avoidance or management, ECMO/organs interaction, ECMO configuration, heart and lung protective approach, patient monitoring, long-term follow-up, are just a few aspects which have to be investigated and improved. A long journey is still ahead of us....

Motivation and passion are guiding us, and will also be, I am sure, perceived by listening to all speakers and people attending the annual Euro-ELSO annual congress.

Our mission is without compromise. We pursue quality of care through education and training, trying to improve patient care and survival against refractory organ failure.

The objectives of the ELSO community is strongly united and dedicated to provide the best scientific update and practical as well as hands-on sessions, available for any professional looking at ECMO/ECLS as a critical support and approach in critically ill patients. We are all engaged in this mission and we hope that all of you will appreciate the efforts devoted in this direction

Once again, Euro-ELSO will represent another chance to experience the unique atmosphere and friendship of the "ELSO family", represented by the ELSO people and the related Chapters friends. I urge you to take advantage of this opportunity, and strongly advice, if you are still not part of it, to become active member of ELSO, either through your centre or as individual, of this outstanding group of friends and professionals.

As always, according to a well-established tradition for the Euro-ELSO annual congresses, I hope that you will also take the chance to enjoy the "European" flavour, either in the culture as well as in the other aspects of our beautiful continent, by joining the social programs organized by the local organizing committee.

Prof. Roberto Lorusso, MD, PhD

Euro-ELSO Chair

Maastricht University Medical Centre
Heart & Vascular Centre
Maastricht, The Netherlands

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EuroELSO 2017
6th International Congress
MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands
May 4-7, 2017