Use of Mechanical Circulatory Support in Lung Transplantation

Authoring Organization

Publication Month/Year

October 26, 2022

Last Updated Month/Year

June 14, 2023

Document Type


Country of Publication


Document Objectives

The use of mechanical circulatory support (MCS) in lung transplantation has been steadily increasing over the prior decade, with evolving strategies for incorporating support in the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative settings. There is significant practice variability in the use of these techniques, however, and relatively limited data to help establish institutional protocols. The objective of the AATS Clinical Practice Standards Committee (CPSC) expert panel was to review the existing literature and establish recommendations about the use of MCS before, during, and after lung transplantation.

Inclusion Criteria

Male, Female, Adult, Older adult

Health Care Settings

Hospital, Operating and recovery room

Intended Users

Nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, physician assistant



Diseases/Conditions (MeSH)

D016040 - Lung Transplantation, D061185 - Mechanical Thrombolysis


mechanical circulatory support, lung transplant, Lung transplantation

Source Citation

Expert Consensus Panel:; Hartwig M, van Berkel V, Bharat A, Cypel M, Date H, Erasmus M, Hoetzenecker K, Klepetko W, Kon Z, Kukreja J, Machuca T, McCurry K, Mercier O, Opitz I, Puri V, Van Raemdonck D. The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) 2022 Expert Consensus Document: The use of mechanical circulatory support in lung transplantation. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2023 Jan;165(1):301-326. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2022.06.024. Epub 2022 Oct 26. PMID: 36517135.