The Future of Global Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care
Sandra Staveski, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC
|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.