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“When critically ill patients’ lives rest on accurate assessments of their conditions and their individual responses to treatment, the new Transonic bedside ELSA ICU Monitor provides intensivists with rapid quantitative data throughout the course of life support. This timely data assists the clinician in guiding interventions to minimize recirculation and fully optimize the oxygenation therapy.” Clements D et al, J Extra Corpor Technol 2008 Sep;40(3):184-7.
The new bedside ELSA® (Extracorporeal Life Support Assurance) ICU Monitor provides intensivists with rapid quantitative data throughout the course of veno-venous life support to fully optimize ECMO therapy and prevent oxygenator clotting. Delivered Blood Flow and Recirculation measurements are used to guide the positioning of the dual lumen catheter in order to optimally balance Delivered Blood (Pump) Flow with Recirculation. ELSA® measurements verify that the ECMO circuit is functioning as intended.
In ECMO centers that employ a secondary venous catheter in the jugular vein to augment venous flow, monitoring of the low flows within the venous catheter allows early detection of insufficient flow and helps maintain the patency of these catheters throughout the ECMO run.