Extracorporeal life support certification

Certification of your extracorporeal life support (ECLS) program validates that your facilities and services meet or exceed standards of care in the complex specialty of extracorporeal life support

DNV offers the first of its kind certification for extracorporeal life support (ECLS) programs as part of our dedication to helping hospitals improve quality and patient safety. ECLS certification requirements are aligned with our NIAHO® hospital accreditation program and with the ISO 9001 quality management system. 

Certification of your ECLS program

  • Validates that your facilities and services meet or exceed standards of care
  • Provides leadership with the confidence that the focused effort towards process improvement in ECLS services will ensure safe and efficient care for all ECLS patients
  • Certification inspires pride and confidence among staff, patients, and the entire community

ECLS certification survey process

The ECLS program survey process audits an organization’s ECLS program in the following areas:

  • Quality management system
  • Program management
  • Staffing management
  • Infection prevention & control
  • ECLS program service delivery
  • The ECLS program’s multidisciplinary approach to patient care

ECLS certification survey components

  • ECLS programs are certified for a three-year period subject to an annual survey to verify continuing compliance with ECLS certification requirements
  • Annual survey schedule
  • ECLS survey agenda and document request list are provided in advance to assist the organization with survey planning

Why DNV ECLS program certification is unique

  • DNV provides the only on-site audit and subsequent certification of ECLS programs
  • DNV surveys with a team of two: a qualified DNV surveyor and a clinical specialist with specific background, training, and current experience in the delivery of inpatient ECLS services
  • Survey activity incorporates program data review on an annual basis to validate process improvement outcomes

Extracorporeal life support certification requirements


Extracorporeal life support certification brochure

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