ARDS in Children and ECMO Impact on Neuro-Development (ASCEND)


About this study

The purpose of this study is to measure the neurodevelopmental impact incurred by children receiving usual care ECMO for PARDS.




Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Children aged 14 days - 17 years.
  • At least moderate PARDS, bilateral lung disease, intubated within four days of severe PARDS and no exclusion criteria.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Children will be excluded if they have any of the following at the start of mechanical ventilation: perinatal related lung disease, congenital diaphragmatic hernia or congenital/acquired diaphragm paralysis, respiratory failure explained by cardiac failure or fluid overload, cyanotic heart disease, cardiomyopathy, unilateral lung disease, primary pulmonary hypertension, status asthmaticus (patient with a severe asthma exacerbation. A previous history of asthma or the use of bronchodilators is NOT an exclusion if the primary disease process is not considered to be obstructive airway disease), obstructive airway disease (e.g., severe airways disease without parenchymal involvement or disease characterized by hypercapnia with FiO2 < 0.30 and/or evidence of increased resistance visible on the flow – time scalar and/or presence of intrinsic PEEP),  bronchiolitis obliterans, post Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant, post lung transplant, home ventilator (including noninvasive) dependent, neuromuscular respiratory failure, critical airway (e.g., post laryngotracheal surgery or new tracheostomy) or anatomical obstruction of the lower airway (e.g., mediastinal mass), facial surgery or trauma in previous 15 days, head trauma, intracranial bleeding, unstable spine, femur or pelvic fractures, acute abdominal process/open abdomen, supported on ECMO, previously enrolled in current study, family/medical team deciding not to provide full support, enrolled in any other critical care interventional clinical trial concurrently and known pregnancy.

Eligibility last updated 10/7/21. Questions regarding updates should be directed to the study team contact.


Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Jeffrey Weatherhead, M.D.

Open for enrollment

Contact information:

Tricha Cox

(507) 538-4592

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