The Future of Global Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care

Sandra Staveski, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC
PCICS President

Sandra Staveski, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC

The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society’s (PCICS) growth has been remarkable. We had over 400 cardiac critical care professionals attend our recent conference. This multinational exchange of scientific and clinical innovations was well received by attendees. Our ‘small meeting’ was truly a large meeting. Sessions included: 1) how care delivery models around the world impact the management of congenital heart disease, 2) the impact of medical missions and sustainable program development in low/middle income countries, 3) cutting edge innovation, specifically device and drug development, machine learning technology, and education platforms that are shaping pediatric cardiac critical care around the world, 4) challenging cases, 5) team dynamics and the key to team resiliency, 6) simulation training, 7) an advanced practice provider review course, and 8) oral and poster research and quality improvement science presentations. The success of the meeting was due to the efforts of Melissa Jones, Darren Klugman, the program committee, Children’s National Heart Institute, the Ruggles organization, our speakers, and most importantly, our fantastic participants. Many thanks to each and every one of you for helping to create a wonderful meeting!

In addition to the conference’s educational experiences, the business of running our society continued in Washington, DC. There were specific leadership and committee meetings and importantly, a general business meeting open to all PCICS members. We encourage each of you to join us at the 2018 conference in Miami and to come to our business meeting to help us move the society forward. Melissa Jones and John Costello (program committee co-chairs) will keep our society up-to-date as planning progresses for the Miami meeting.  

While the growth of PCICS has been significant, we need to continue to foster the growth of our society and subspecialty. We encourage you to talk about the benefits of PCICS with your colleagues and encourage membership. If you are interested in contributing on a work group or joining a committee, please send your name, resume/cv, and interest to Sandra Peterson at As a society and as clinicians, it is our professional responsibility to continue to build upon our advances in clinical care, training and education, quality improvement, and research to optimize the lives of our fragile, complex patient population.

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