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The Extracorporeal Life Support Program at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, comprised of cardiac, neonatal and critical care ECMO, has received the Award for Excellence in Life Support by the international Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO).
ECMO — extracorporeal membrane oxygenation — is a life-saving technique that simulates the natural function of the heart and lungs, allowing the child to rest and the organs to recuperate. During ECMO treatment, the heart continues to beat but a mechanical pump does most of the work. Infants and children may need ECMO for a variety of reasons including birth defects, trauma and severe infection.
Our program exceeded all requirements set forth by the ELSO award committee and demonstrated extraordinary achievement in the categories of evidence-based, highest quality measures and processes, as well as excellence in training and education.
The ELSO Award signifies to families a commitment to exceptional patient care and demonstrates to the health care community the highest quality standards, equipment and protocols, and advanced education of all staff members. The award committee noted this example as "beyond expectations of the ELSO guidelines and worthy of special recognition:" The ECLS Center has a very comprehensive simulation-based training program that is delivered weekly. This allows for specialists to practice clinical skills in a safe environment.
The ELSO Award of Excellence marks us as distinguished leaders in critical care and is recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a criterion for top institutions. The award is valid for a three-year period.