APP SIG Committee August 2020 Update

Over the last year the APP Special Interest Group has continued to work towards increasing involvement of APPs in PCICS while also providing a forum for networking and sharing of information among CICU APPs. We have continued to grow with over 60 members. We have continued with our format of a monthly call consisting of…

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Program Committee Update

Over the past few months, the PCICS Board of Directors and management team have considered a number of different options for how to best approach our annual meeting scheduled for Miami in December 2020. We have followed the COVID-19 pandemic trends closely, surveyed our membership, and canvassed a wide variety of stakeholders.  We are aware…

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Education Committee August 2020 Update

The PCICS Education Committee has been continuing to diligently work on providing educational materials to PCICS members. The work of the Education Committee has aligned with the PCICS Board of Directors strategic priority of providing educational products, courses and related opportunities to all of our members. The Education Committee will be requesting 5 MD and…

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Research Committee August 2020 Update

Brad Marino and Jean Connor would like to recognize Anna Fisk and Catherine Krawczeski as the current co-chairs of the Research Committees Scientific Review: Catherine Krawczeski, MD is Division Chief of Pediatric Cardiology and Co-Director of the Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She is also a Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio…

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PCICS Vice President’s Message August 2020

This year has certainly given us reason to pause and reflect; and to shift plans, expectations, and priorities.  The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated families and communities around the world, and it has forced us to develop new ways to work and live.  The disproportionate impact of the virus on minority and low-income communities has also…

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PCICS President’s Message August 2020

Dear Colleagues, I hope this issue of the PCICS Newsletter finds all of you, your families, and your colleagues well during these unprecedented times.  Since the most recent newsletter in April, the world’s response to COVID-19 has shifted from a phase of substantial shut down to reopening in a “new normal” fashion, and the ongoing…

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A Note to My Future Self

This past weekend, I supervised a non-surgical trainee in the CVICU placing a thoracostomy pigtail catheter in a 6.8kg infant for pneumothorax. The patient was levocardic and the pneumo right-sided, large but without significant untoward hemodynamic or respiratory effect. With 10,000 hours under my belt, this was a chip shot situation. For the trainee, this…

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Role of point-of-care coagulation
diagnostic laboratory for pediatric intensive care units

Pediatric patients undergoing cardiac procedures are at risk for bleeding and thrombosis complications.  Until recently, anticoagulation and blood product management has been guided by relatively arcane diagnostic tests – platelet count, ACT, PT, PTT.  However, several promising point of care (POC) coagulation diagnostic systems have been developed that may facilitate a tailored approach.  Viscoelastic properties…

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Steps and Stairs

              It is not enough to stare up the steps; we must step up the stairs. – Vance Havner In May 2019, the New York Times published the first of several articles describing a dysfunctional congenital heart care program.1 Outcomes for children undergoing heart surgery at the hospital had…

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Divided We Fall

“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” – H.E. Luccock. As I pondered on how to summarize this editor’s note, I realized that there is actually one overarching theme which conveys a necessity of this current world era and which also summarizes this edition of the PCICS newsletter:…

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