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World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies—Its global agenda*

Kissoon, Niranjan MD, CPE; Argent, Andrew MD; Devictor, Denis MD, PhD; Madden, Maureen A. RN, MSN; Singhi, Sunit MD, PhD; van der Voort, Edwin MD; Latour, Jos M. RN, MSN

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine: September 2009 - Volume 10 - Issue 5 - pp 597-600
doi: 10.1097/PCC.0b013e3181a704c6
Special Article

The World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies (WFPICCS) is an international body that brings together international expertise, experience, and influence to improve the outcomes of children suffering from life-threatening illness and injury. Its mission is educational, scientific, and charitable in nature. WFPICCS is committed to a global environment, in which all children have access to intensive and critical care of the highest standard. It exists to find ways of improving the care of critically ill children throughout the world, and making that knowledge available to those who care for such children. As in an ideal world all children should have access to state of the art critical care services, this is unlikely to happen anytime soon. Faced with this reality, the member societies of the WFPICCS will strive to develop the best model and provide the best care for critically ill and injured children worldwide. The challenge is to find the appropriate role that we need to (and can effectively) play in decreasing both unnecessary death and suffering for children. Clearly, we cannot achieve these goals on our own, hence WFPICCS visualizes close cooperation and collaboration with other agencies offering care to critically ill or injured children such as the World Health Organization, World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine, International Pediatric Associations, and regional organizations and programs to achieve our objectives. We feel that this document while imperfect is a good starting point and hope that it will stimulate more discussion to guide the agenda of the federation for years to come.

From the Acute and Critical Care Programs (NK), Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada; Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (AA), Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and School of Child and Adolescent Health, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa; Service de Réanimation Pédiatrique (DD), Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, Département de recherche en éthique, Université Paris-sud 11, Hôpital de Bicêtre, Bicêtre, France; Department of Pediatrics (MAM), UMDNJ- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Pediatic Critical CareNew Brunswick, NJ; Department Of Pediatrics (SS), and Pediatric Emergency and Intensive care Services, Advanced Pediatrics Centre, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India; Department of Pediatrics (EvdV), Sophia Children’s Hospital, University Hospital, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; and Department of Pediatrics (JML), Division of Pediatric Intensive Care, Erasmus MC-Sophia Children’s Hospital, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

The authors have not disclosed any potential conflicts of interest.

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©2009The Society of Critical Care Medicine and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies