Innovation on ECMO and ECLS

EuroELSO has created a working group focused on innovation in ECMO and ECLS. The focus of this working group is on improvements on technological aspects of extracorporeal treatments, from all parts of the extracorporeal circuit, starting with the pumps and oxygenators, to new cannula designs and biocompatibility of the tubing.

The aim of the working group is to perform and report on material testing, give recommendations, position papers about technologies already available on the market, about new materials, techniques and devices that appear on overall health technology market concerning the extracorporeal life support. Further aims are to support the ongoing education and scientific exchange with active participation on the annual EuroELSO congress and to have an ongoing exchange with the industry to communicate needs from the clinical as well as the industry side to support further improvements in the technology.

To achieve these aims the working group needs to gather experts from different specialities. Current members of the group are intensivists, pediatric intensivists, cardiovascular surgeons, perfusionists and engineers from multiple European countries.

The working group membership is totally free and without any payment by sponsor industries. The WG is endorsed by EuroELSO and supported by some Industries with unrestricted grants only for logistics, meetings’ expenses or for publishing costs.

An official meeting of the working group is held at the annual EuroELSO congress, the meeting can be joined by interested colleagues.

Obviously the “Innovation WG” cannot reach important results without the active involvement and participation of other colleagues from other European ECMO centres, for that reason the WG is glad and honoured to accept any suggestions for collaborations by other specialists.

Members of the Innovation Working Group

  • Mirko Belliato, Pavia, Italy
  • Justyna Swol, Nürnberg, Germany
  • Leen Vercaemst, Leuven, Belgium
  • Jonathan Millar, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Matteo Di Nardo, Rome, Italy
  • Lisa Prahl Wittberg, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Maximilian Malfertheiner, Regensburg, Germany
  • Roberto Lorusso, Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Lars Mikael Broman, Stockholm, Sweden

Publications on behalf of the Working Group

Taccone FS, Malfertheiner MV, Ferrari F, Di Nardo M, Swol J, Broman LM, et al. Extracorporeal CO2 removal in critically ill patients: a systematic review. Minerva Anestesiol. 2017;83(7):762-72.

Di Nardo M, Vercaemst L, Swol J, Barret N, Taccone FS, Malfertheiner MV, et al. A narrative review of the technical standards for extracorporeal life support devices (pumps and oxygenators) in Europe. Perfusion. 2018;33(7):553-61.

Broman LM, Prahl Wittberg L, Westlund CJ, Gilbers M, Perry da Camara L, Swol J, et al. Pressure and flow properties of cannulae for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation I: return (arterial) cannulae. Perfusion. 2019;34(1_suppl):58-64.

Broman LM, Prahl Wittberg L, Westlund CJ, Gilbers M, Perry da Camara L, Westin J, et al. Pressure and flow properties of cannulae for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation II: drainage (venous) cannulae. Perfusion. 2019;34(1_suppl):65-73.

Millar JE, Bartnikowski N, von Bahr V, Malfertheiner MV, Obonyo NG, Belliato M, et al. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS): a systematic review of pre-clinical models. Intensive Care Med Exp. 2019;7(1):18.