Welcome to the 3rd Conference of the Asia Pacific Extracorporeal Life Support Organisation (APELSO)

Published: 2017-09-18

Dear Colleagues and friends,

On behalf of the organising Committee, we cordially welcome you to the 3rd Conference of the Asia Pacific Extracorporeal Life Support Organisation (APELSO) which will be held from 12-14 October 2017 at Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The theme “ECMO and beyond” is chosen so that we take stock of where we are and where we could potentially go in the field of mechanical cardiorespiratory support. ECMO may still be seen as an unconventional support strategy, but in last few years it has certainly evolved as a viable temporary cardiorespiratory support technique enabling rescue of critically ill patients to either recovery or further support options.

This conference will be a great opportunity to reflect on how ECMO integrates into health systems not only as a “damage control” modality in acute cardiorespiratory failure, but also a facilitator of high risk procedures in a multidisciplinary team environment. We intend to look beyond traditional venovenous and venoarterial applications of ECMO and focus on the entire spectrum of temporary mechanical circulatory support (MCS) and extracorporeal respiratory support.

The ECMO circuit enables application of MCS in a variety of individualised perfusion configurations aimed at overcoming the potential limitations of peripheral techniques. Equally, percutaneous ventricular assist devices add another dimension to temporary MCS. Of course, the challenges of bridging to long term support devices; heart and/or lung transplant are an integral part of this mechanical assist device continuum and will be part of the program.

A multidisciplinary team approach is critical to mechanical cardiorespiratory support and we will engage all medical, nursing and allied health specialties who contribute to its success. We will provide ample opportunity for all of these stakeholders to provide their views on “What’s in it for them and what they can do to further the field”. Equally, we will engage engineers, scientists, health economists, clinical researchers and industry who are integral to the ongoing refinements and success of this promising technology. We anticipate that a robust discussion on proliferation, resource utilisation, ethics, benchmarking and governance will create significant interest. Please find the full program and other useful information at

This comprehensive scientific program delivered by global experts will provide interesting insights into the current state of affairs and into the future of ECMO and beyond. The state of the art simulation courses and a mechanical circulatory support course will provide more hand on experience to the participants. Wishing you all a very safe journey down under and see you all at the Gold Coast.

Prof John Fraser
Chair, Organising Committee
A/Prof Kiran Shekar
Chair, Scientific Committee