Dear colleagues,

Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) is becoming increasingly valuable in cardiothoracic surgical programs to support the failing heart and/or lungs. A successful ECLS program utilizes a multidisciplinary team with a clear understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of ECLS. The team has the ability to manage coagulopathy, understand the indications and contraindications for ECLS use, and overcome technical nuances of ECLS implementation.

To foster knowledge and mastering of ECLS and other techniques for short-term circulatory and respiratory support, our institute organizes the third ‘ECLS – update and case reports’ meeting in Maastricht in close cooperation with University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. This year’s meeting - Friday November 21st  and Saturday 22nd - will take place at the European Medical Training Center - EM-TRAC (Masterclass) and NH hotel (case reports and update in ECLS), in Maastricht.

The meeting will focus on practical issues including a masterclass in ECLS hemodynamics, extraordinary cases, ECLS management/monitoring, and advances in ECLS technology. The participation of opinion leaders allows sufficient time for in-depth discussion and debate. This year our keynote lecture entitled Hemostasis, Anticoagulation, and ECMO: Breaking the Blood Biomaterial Barrier, will be given by Gail Annich, MD

As in the previous edition of our meeting, medical and paramedical professionals from different specialties (ICU, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Perfusion, Emergency Medicine, Cardiology, Anesthesiology, Respiratory Medicine, Physiotherapy) are encouraged to share their broad experience and expertise in the field, as well as elaborate how their respective skills provide synergy in a successful ECLS program.

The masterclass addresses physicians, perfusionists, nurses and other specialists involved or interested in ECLS, and intends updating and/or transferring knowledge on (assisted) cardiovascular function and hemodynamics from a basic and technical perspective.

We would be very happy to welcome you at our meeting in Maastricht!

On behalf of the organizing committee,
Antoine Simons, Erik Körver, Joe Niman, Jos Maessen, Patrick Weerwind