CHOC Children’s recognized as critical care leader

CHOC Children’s has again been recognized by an international consortium for its excellence in extracorporeal life support (ECLS), a special procedure that takes over the heart’s pumping function and the lungs’ oxygen exchange until a patient can recover from injury or illness.

The platinum-level Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) Award of Excellence in Life Support recognizes programs worldwide that distinguish themselves by having evidence-based processes, procedures and systems in place that promote excellence in ECLS. As a recipient of a platinum designation, CHOC is among the highest scoring institutions.

As an award recipient, CHOC has also earned another three-year designationas an ELSO Center of Excellence. CHOC is the only Orange County hospital offering ECLS, also known as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

“This award validates CHOC’s efforts and commitment to providing exceptional, state-of-the-art critical care to patients and families, and can provide families with added assurance that CHOC is the right place to receive this special type of care,” said Dr. Joanne Starr, CHOC’s ECLS director and medical director of cardiothoracic surgery.

The ELSO Award of Excellence demonstrates an assurance of high-quality standards, collaboration, specialized equipment and supplies, defined patient protocols, and advanced education of all staff members. Additionally, the award is recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Parents magazine as one criterion for top institutions.

ELSO is an international consortium of health care professionals and scientists dedicated to the development and evaluation of novel therapies for support of failing organ systems.

An award ceremony will take place at the annual ELSO conference in Baltimore in September.

Learn more about CHOC’s extracorporeal life support program.

CHOC Recognized as a Leader in Critical Care

CHOC Children’s is pleased to announce that it has been recognized with the ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support. The award, given by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), recognizes programs worldwide that distinguish themselves by having evidence-based processes, procedures and systems in place that promote excellence in extracorporeal life support (ECLS).

CHOC is one of 45 centers internationally to receive the award and three-year designation as an ELSO Center of Excellence for 2014-2017. CHOC is the only Orange County hospital offering ECLS, and was recognized by the ELSO award committee for submitting one of the highest-scoring applications this year.

“This award signifies to patients and families a commitment to exceptional, state-of-the-art patient care and lets them know that they are in the right place,” says Joanne Starr, director of ECLS and surgical director of the cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU) at CHOC.

The ELSO Award of Excellence demonstrates an assurance of high-quality standards, collaboration, specialized equipment and supplies, defined patient protocols, and advanced education of all staff members. Additionally, the award is recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Parents magazine as one criterion for top institutions.

ELSO is an international consortium of health care professionals and scientists dedicated to the development and evaluation of novel therapies for support of failing organ systems.