J Extra Corpor Technol
Volume 55, Number 1, March 2023
|Page(s)||39 - 43|
|Published online||24 March 2023|
Technique or Application
Foundations of a life support equipment exchange platform
Lead Perfusionist, Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, 725 Welch Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA
2 Researcher and Project Team Leader, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar
3 Interns, Extracorporeal Life Support Organization, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, USA
4 Department of Cardiac Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
5 Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, NY 10032, USA
6 CEO, Extracorporeal Life Support Organization and Adjunct Faculty, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Health Management and Policy, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, USA
7 Department of Pediatrics, Division of Cardiology, Stanford Medicine Children’s Health and Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA
8 Executive Director, Extracorporeal Life Support Organization, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, USA
9 Project Manager, Extracorporeal Life support Organization, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, USA
10 Pediatric Neonatal-Perinatal, Critical Care Service, Division of Neonatology Nemours/Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE 19803, USA
11 Department of Cardiology, Boston Children’s Hospital and Department of Pediatrics Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 12 December 2022
Background: The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Supplies Platform (https://Supplies.ELSO.org) was created out of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) disposable product shortage prior to and during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This novel Platform supports Centers in obtaining disposables from other Centers when alternative avenues are exhausted. Methods: Driven by the opportunity for increased patient care by using the product availability of the 962 ELSO centers worldwide was the motivation to form an efficient online supply sharing Platform. The pandemic created by COVID-19 became a catalyst to further recognize the magnitude of the supply disruption on a global scale, impacting allocations and guidelines for institutions, practice, and patient care. Conclusions: Records kept on the Platform website are helpful to the industry by providing insights into where difficulties exist in the supply chain for needed equipment. Yet, the common thread is awareness, of how critical situations can stretch resources and challenge our resolve for the best patient care. ELSO is proud to support member centers in these situations, by providing a means of attaining needed ECMO life support products to cover supply shortages.
Key words: Critical Care / Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) / Supply Chain / COVID-19 / ELSO Supply Platform / Pilot Program
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