PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Internationally Focused Now and In the Future

John M. Costello, MD, MPH
President, PCICS
Vice Chair of Clinical Research, Department of Pediatrics
Director of Research, Children’s Heart Center
Professor of Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina

John M. Costello, MD, MPH

Thank you for taking a few minutes to read the fall edition of the PCICS newsletter.  As noted in the editorial by Dr. David Cooper, this newsletter will focus on acute kidney injury (AKI) in the cardiac intensive care unit.  Many thanks to the members of our Connections Committee who volunteer their time to make this newsletter so interesting!

While PCICS remains focused on our top priorities, which are to develop educational products and other services that will benefit our members (and ultimately our patients), I wanted to update you on another important initiative. In February 2019, the PCICS Board of Directors voted to approve a formal affiliation with the Collaborative for Research in Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care (CoRe-PCIC). 

CoRe-PCIC was created in 2014 by Dr. Christopher Mastropietro, who also serves as Medical Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. CoRe-PCIC’s initial project focused on risk factors and outcomes following extubation failure after neonatal cardiac surgery at seven centers.  The collaborative then expanded to investigators from 15 centers which studied early and intermediate term outcomes following repair of truncus arteriosus, a relatively uncommon and complex congenital heart defect. Following our new affiliation, CoRe-PCIC was re-branded as the Collaborative for Research for the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society (CoRe-PCICS), organized as a sub-committee of our existing Research Committee, and has expanded to 24 centers. 

Multiple abstracts have been presented at international meetings including the 7th World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, the Annual Congress of the Society for Critical Care Medicine, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery’s Annual Meeting, and of course several PCICS meetings. Manuscripts have been published in prominent journals, including the Journal of Pediatrics, the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.  

Ongoing research projects include early and intermediate-term outcomes following a repair of anomalous left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery and pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum. Future studies will include an assessment of primary versus complete repair for neonates with Tetralogy of Fallot and outcomes following tracheostomy in infants with functional single ventricles. CoRe-PCICS investigators held their first in person working meeting at PCICS’s 2018 Miami Beach meeting and will gather again later this month in London.  Congratulations to Chris for his tremendous leadership of CoRe-PCICS!

I look forward to seeing many of you November 20-22 in London at the PCICS’s 15th Annual International Meeting.  Many thanks to the leadership teams of the United Kingdom’s Pediatric Intensive Care Society and the organizers of the European Conference on Pediatric and Neonatal Cardiac Intensive Care for their outstanding collaboration as co-hosts of this meeting.  The program was developed by a multidisciplinary team lead by local hosts Kate Brown (former PCICS Board member) and Duncan Macrae (former PCICS president).  The full program may be found on the PCICS website.  Please see the contribution from PCICS vice president Melissa Jones in this newsletter for further details. Over 640 clinicians will be attending this meeting, and there is still time left to register for those of you who wish to join us! 

Our leadership team is constantly striving to improve PCICS in order to better serve our members, always with an eye on the overarching goal of improving care for our patients and their families. Please reach out to any of the Board Members or me with feedback and/or ideas as to how we can add value to your membership in PCICS.

Best regards!

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