Queensland Paediatric ECLS Service
The Queensland Paediatric ECLS Service provides care and treatment to children requiring Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS). This is a type of life support that involves using a machine outside the body to replace the work of the heart and/or lungs. ECLS is used when the heart and/or lungs are failing, despite all other treatments. Our services include ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) and VAD (Ventricular Assist Device).
Who can access this service?
Referrals are accepted up to a child’s 16th birthday.
Existing patients with complex care needs
Referrals are accepted up to a child’s 18th birthday (patients are usually transitioned to adult services by this time).
The service is available to children living in Queensland and northern New South Wales.
Do I need a referral?
You will need a formal referral to access this service.
How do I get a referral?
Referrals are accepted from:
- paediatric intensivists
- paediatric surgeons
- emergency physicians
- adult intensivists.
Information for health professionals
Referral of critically ill children is usually via Children’s Health Queensland.