Extra Corporeal Life Support (ECLS): What’s the Role in Trauma? (T)

This session has been identified and designated as Credit to Meet ACS Accreditation/Verification Requirements for Trauma. Learn more about ACS Accreditation/Verification Requirements.

Session Description

In the early 21st century, new technology, combined with a flu pandemic, led to a rapid rise in adult ECLS use. This growth has led to increased use of ECLS in trauma patients with success rates as high as 79 percent. The goals of this program will be to: describe the modern indications for ECLS in trauma patients and introduce and explore the frontiers of ECLS in trauma, including hypothermic arrest with ECLS-assisted reanimation, ECLS support in organ donation, and ECPR (Extracorporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). According to ELSO (Extracorporeal Life Support Organization) data in 2017, there are over 350 ECLS centers, up from 134 in 2007, a more than 200 percent increase. This technology is rapidly being deployed in trauma and surgical patients and surgeons must be ready to manage it.

Moderator: Samuel A. Tisherman, MD, FACS, Baltimore, MD

Co-Moderator: Aaron M. Cheng, MD, FACS, Seattle, WA


Venovenous ECMO Trauma
Ronald B. Tesoriero, MD, FACS, Baltimore, MD

ECMO Transport for Comprehensive Care Center (CCC)
David Zonies, MD, MPH, FACS, Portland, OR

Extracorporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Melissa E. Brunsvold, MD, FACS, Minneapolis, MN

Can Hypothermia Save Exsanguinating Trauma Patients?
Samuel A. Tisherman, MD, FACS, Baltimore, MD

Sponsored by the Advisory Council for Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Committee on Trauma

Target Audience

  • Practicing surgeons
  • Residents

Learning Objectives

  • Apply new knowledge and ideas to improve their surgical practice
  • Adapt concepts and quality measures in support of research advancements
  • Enhance the quality of patient care


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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 Certificate of Completion
  • 1.50 Self Assessment Credit
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Disclosure Information

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. For additional information, please visit the ACCME website.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity. Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during a activity, please report it on the evaluation.

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Faculty and Disclosures

Aaron M. Cheng MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
David Zonies MD, MPH, FCCM, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Melissa E. Brunsvold MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Ronald B. Tesoriero MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Samuel A. Tisherman MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose

Program Committee and Disclosures

CHAIR: Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FAAP, FRCSEng(Hon), Miami, FL - Nothing to Disclosure
VICE-CHAIR: David T. Cooke, MD, FACS, Sacramento, CA - Nothing to Disclosure


David C. Borgstrom, MD, FACS, Morgantown, WV - Nothing to Disclosure
Daniel L. Dent, MD, FACS, San Antonio, TX - Nothing to Disclosure
Roger R. Dmochowski, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Allergen: Honoraria: Consultant
Cynthia D. Downard, MD, FACS, Louisville, KY - Nothing to Disclosure
Audra A. Duncan, MD, FACS, London, ON - Nothing to Disclosure
Mariam F. Eskander, MD, Boston, MA - Nothing to Disclosure
Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS, Richmond, VA - Nothing to Disclosure
Neil H. Hyman, MD, FACS, Chicago, IL - Nothing to Disclosure
Martin S. Karpeh, Jr., MD, FACS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Dennis H. Kraus, MD, FACS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Nothing to Disclosure


Daniel M. Herron, MD, FACS, FASBMS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Edith Tzeng, MD, FACS, Pittsburgh, PA - Nothing to Disclosure


Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCOSECSA(Hon), Houston, TX - Nothing to Disclosure
Quan-Yang Duh, MD, FACS, San Francisco, CA - Nothing to Disclosure
B. J. Hancock, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Winnipeg, MB - Nothing to Disclosure
Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), Seattle, WA - Nothing to Disclosure

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 1.5 credits meets the requirements for Self-Assessment.

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Note: Residents will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 Certificate of Completion
  • 1.50 Self Assessment Credit
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