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Joint Perfusion COVID-19 Task Force


Representatives from the American Society of ExtraCorporeal Technology, the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion, the American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion, the Asociación Latinoamericana de Perfusión, the Australian and New Zealand College of Perfusionists, the Canadian Society of Clinical Perfusion, Comprehensive Care Services, the European Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion, the Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons, Perfusion.com, the Society of Clinical Perfusion Scientists Great Britain and Ireland, SpecialtyCare, Tiny Perfusion Letter, and Vivacity Perfusion have formed the Joint Perfusion COVID-19 Task Force to monitor the recent coronavirus outbreak and its impact on our community. Combining the strengths of all organizations, our goal is to disseminate information and resolve questions related to perfusionists and COVID-19.

This page will be updated regularly with new resources related to COVID-19. If you have any resources you would like added to this page, please email amsect@amsect.org


Joint Task Force Webinars

ELSO Registry Review: The Evolution of ECMO use in COVID-19

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CDT

Duration: 90 minutes

Overview: The Joint Perfusion COVID-19 Task Force is proud to welcome Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) Leadership for the next installment of our webinar series.   Christine Stead, CEO ELSO will discuss the role Perfusionists play in making ELSO the premier global organization for ECMO technology.  Then, who better to speak about the past, present and future application of ECMO than Dr. Robert Bartlett, founder of ELSO.  Registry Chair Dr. Ryan Barbaro will anchor the session by highlighting data from the ELSO Registry for best practice ECMO techniques in COVID-19.  Lastly, Barbaro will discuss his recent Lancet publication, Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support in COVID-19: an international cohort study of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization registry.

Publication: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support in COVID-19: an international cohort study of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization registry (thelancet.com)

CEU Approval: This webinar has been approved by ABCP to offer up to 1.7 Category 1 CEUs for participants that join the webinar through Zoom. All attendees will be sent a survey after the conclusion of the webinar to claim their credits.

Invited Speakers: ELSO Leadership

Christine Stead, MHSA

Chief Executive Officer, ELSO

Adjunct Faculty, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Health Management & Policy

Robert Bartlett, MD

Founder and Executive Member, ELSO

Professor of Surgery, Emeritus, University of Michigan

Ryan Barbaro, MD, MSc

Registry Committee Chair, ELSO

Asst Professor Pediatrics, University of Michigan


Justin Sleasman CCP, MS, FPP, CES-A

Perfusion Liaison, ELSO

Lead Perfusionist, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

Leen Vercaemst ECCP, RN, RM

Perfusion Liaison, Euro ELSO 

Clinical Perfusionist / ECMO Coordinator, University Hospital Leuven (Belgium)

Renee Dickey CCP, MBA, FPP

Co-Chair, Joint Perfusion COVID-19 Task Force

AmSECT Board, Zone 1 Director

Seattle Children’s Hospital

Ruben Muñoz, CCP, BS

Perfusion Liaison, ALAP

Asociación Latinoamericana de Perfusión

This webinar is generously supported by Redline Perfuison


Partner Webinars

Please see below for webinars organized and hosted by members of the Joint Perfusion COVID-19 Task Force:

SpecialtyCare Webinar

Title: Lessons Learned from 335 ECMO Cases with COVID-19

Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Time: 5 p.m. EST

The webinar will begin with Al Stammers reviewing 335 ECMO-supported patients with COVID-19 and extreme respiratory failure. He will examine month-to-month changes in techniques and outcomes, and review complications that arise during support. He will also address how management compares with non-COVID-19 ECMO procedures.

In addition, Al will be joined by a national panel of ECMO experts. The panel, including Autumn Gibbs, Shannon Barletti, Courtney Petersen, Brian Fox, and Kirti Patel will share their experiences and lessons learned with ECMO. The session will be moderated by Linda Mongero, VP, Operations-ECMO/ECLS at SpecialtyCare.

This session is good for 1.2 Hour Category 1 ABCP CEU credit.


Discussion Forum


We have established a discussion forum focused on COVID-19 topics related to the practice of perfusion. We invite all members of the community to participate in the online forum. The forum is hosted through the AmSECT website. You will need either a guest account or a member account through the AmSECT website to post to the forum.  Instructions on logging in, resetting your password, and creating a guest account are outlined below. 

  • To login to your current member or guest account, click here.

  • For assistance resetting your password for your current membership or guest account, click here.

  • To create a new guest account, click here

Want to receive emailed updates on posts made to the COVID-19 Discussion Forum? Follow the instructions here to subscribe and stay up-to-date. 

Discussion Forum Use Notice: 

This site is provided as a service for the members of the perfusion community.  The Joint Perfusion COVID-19 Task Force is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. We disclaim all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by the Joint Perfusion COVID-19 Task Force or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall the Joint Perfusion COVID-19 Task Force be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site.

The Joint Perfusion COVID-19 Task Force does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the attention of the Joint Perfusion COVID-19 Task Force, we will take all appropriate action.

The Joint Perfusion COVID-19 Task Force reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.


Mental Health & Wellness Resources


As perfusionists and all healthcare workers deal with the ever-changing dynamics of the COVID-19 crisis in the United States, many negative emotions circulate throughout the day.  Fear, stress, anger, depression, uncertainty, and anxiety to name a few.  This disease affects us on every level.  It affects us at home and at work in many ways.  With updates and protocols changing so quickly, it’s easy to get lost in a downward spiral.  The COVID-19 Task Force wants to provide some resources to aid in dealing with how we are handling our mental health during this crisis. To learn more about how you can better take care of your mental health, talk to your families and children about COVID-19, and squeeze in time for wellness and exercise, visit the Mental Health & Wellness Resource Page here. 


ELSO Resources


  • ELSO Resource Page: The ELSO COVID-19 Resource Page has a wealth of information relating to ECMO for COVID-19 patients. Content includes ELSO's guidance document on COVID-19, information on how to enter COVID-19 patients into the ELSO registry, ECMO-related COVID-19 Research, and more. 

  • ELSO Educational Webinars: ELSO is putting together weekly webinars to help communicate important information to the extracorporeal life support community. See below for links to previously aired webinars and upcoming live webinars:​

  • ELSO Membership: In order to better communicate information regarding COVID-19 and ECMO, ELSO is will be offering complimentary memberships both for new centers and for perfusionists.

    • New Center Membership: ​ELSO is offering a one-time free yearly membership to new center members in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Use code 68120617 when joining.  Once they have completed the registration process, we will activate the center.  This offer is good until the end of June. Once the center's membership application has been approved, each center's director and a coordinator will receive an e-mail with a username and password. Both will be administrators, so that they can renew membership (after a year) and add/delete users as needed. Centers will need to complete a data transfer agreement and anyone entering data will have to complete the data entry exam as usual. The link to join is:  https://www.elso.org/Membership/CenterMembershipApplication.aspx 

    • Individual Membership: ELSO is offering a one-time free yearly individual membership for new members. This offer is good until the end of June. The link to join as an individual member is: https://www.elso.org/MeetingJoin.aspx

  • EUROELSO Information Letters


Legislative & Governmental Resources


Visit the Legislative Resources Page to view information on state licensure and more. 



This publications page includes links to peer-reviewed publications from journals like JAMA, Circulation, ASAIO, and more on COVID-19. Click on the button below to view these articles.


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Contact Joint Perfusion COVID-19 Task Force

To send additional resources or questions on COVID-19 to the task force, please email amsect@amsect.org