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EXTRACORPOREAL LIFE SUPPORT
The Extracorporeal Life Support Program at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport provides advanced life support techniques including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), continuous renal replacement therapies (CRRT) and plasma exchange (PEX). The only program of its type in the region, it has provided life-saving support for adults, children and neonates for over 20 years.
Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) denotes a family of therapies for advanced organ failure that includes extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and related support therapies. The ECLS program at LSU Health Shreveport covers all extracorporeal therapies provided in the ICU, including:
- ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation)
- CRRT (continuous renal replacement therapies)
- TPE (therapeutic plasma exchange)
- Liver support for acute hepatic failure
The ECLS Program at LSU Health Shreveport has been providing ECMO since 1993, first in adults and subsequently in children and neonates, and is internationally recognized. The ECMO team now consists of five ECMO physicians, two perfusionists, and a bedside team of nurses and respiratory therapists. The team has been involved in researching new support modalities, such as intravascular oxygenation and pumpless arteriovenous CO2 removal at both the pre-clinical and clinical stages for over 20 years.
LSU Health Shreveport has been recognized as a Center of Excellence by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), a unique international organization devoted to the application and advancement of prolonged bedside extracorporeal techniques worldwide. This association keeps UH at the forefront of this complex technology.