The Extracorporeal Life Support Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital has been designated as a Pathway to Excellence in Life Support – achieving the Silver Level – from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization. The award will be presented this weekend at the 27th Annual ELSO Conference in San Diego.
“This is a remarkable achievement by our staff. It demonstrates the uniqueness and caliber of everyone who takes care of our most critically ill patients,” said Kasia Hryniewicz, MD, cardiologist with Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern and ELSC program director.
ELSO is an international non-profit consortium of health care institutions who are dedicated to the development and evaluation of novel therapies for support of failing organ systems. In intensive care medicine, extracorporeal life support (ECLS) or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) provides mechanical cardiac and respiratory support to people whose heart and lungs are unable to provide an adequate amount of gas exchange to sustain life.
“In the majority of cases, ECMO is used as a bridge to recovery from cardiogenic shock or respiratory failure. In rare instances, patients need heart or lung transplantation or implantation of a heart pump,” Dr. Hryniewicz said.