Connections Committee Update November 2021

The Social Media subcommittee added several new members this year and had a strong presence during the virtual annual meeting held in September. Each session of the meeting was well represented and helped to bring some of the community and conversation we all miss dearly from in-person meetings. On Twitter, #PCICS2021 had over 480,000 impressions,…

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Guest Editorial: The changing paradigms of VAD use in neonates, infants, and children

The use of ventricular assist devices (VAD) in pediatrics has evolved over the past two decades. Initially, the development of the adult-sized Berlin EXCOR VAD allowed for a viable option in older children, with the subsequent development of techniques to successfully support children with dilated cardiomyopathy. Several continuous flow devices emerged, with Heart Mate II…

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Collaborative Update from the Education, QI, and Research Committees

Protocol Warehouse is here! We are excited to share with our members the news of a new collaborative project – Protocol Warehouse! Our members are from many diverse hospitals with great ideas that improve patient care. Treatment protocols often help drive that improvement. However, one barrier to creating these protocols is the time and experience…

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Nursing Editorial: Preparations for Hospital Discharge of the Pediatric VAD Patient

For pediatric patients with a VAD and their families, hospital discharge can be frightening; for the hospital VAD team, the process can be daunting.  Creating a detailed outline of objectives, including pre-implant education, in-patient education, discharge readiness, follow-up planning, and community reintegration, will help ease this transition to life outside the hospital for VAD patients.…

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Associate Editor’s Message August 2021

It is my great joy and pride to invite you all to view the Summer edition of the PCICS Newsletter. Packed with updates from committees and special interest groups, as well as details about the phenomenal Protocol Warehouse, we are calling this one the “Pump It Up” edition – pumping up the enthusiasm for the…

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President’s Message August 2021

Summer is here!  And what a difference a year makes. I’m really excited about this newsletter theme because mechanical circulatory support has evolved tremendously over the course of my career and offers so much promise for our patients.  While all of our work in cardiac intensive care relies on a highly functioning team, successfully managing…

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Finance Committee Update August 2021

PCICS has weathered the financial storm of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are continuing our mission to empower a diverse global community of pediatric cardiac critical care clinicians dedicated to improving the lives of patients and their families.  It is vital to the success of our overall mission that we focus on the financial viability…

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CNS/Educator SIG Update

The PCICS CNS/Educator SIG continues to provide an opportunity for networking and a forum for sharing perspectives and information among Clinical Nurse Specialists and educators across the PCICS community. This January the CNS/Educator SIG welcomed two new co-chairs, Lisa McCabe and Trish Lincoln, who will co-lead the CNS/Educator SIG along with Angela Jardin, to achieve…

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Program Committee Update August 2021

The program committee has finalized the program for the 2021 PCICS Virtual Meeting with the theme “Celebrating our History and Future” which will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Society. The agenda includes several speakers from the very first PCICS Meeting as well as some up-and-coming speakers in the field. We are excited to celebrate this milestone…

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Early Career Editorial: Role of Impella® in Pediatric Mechanical Circulatory Support

Cardiogenic shock is a major source of morbidity and mortality in pediatric patients with cardiomyopathy or after cardiac surgery. While extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) has been the traditional choice for these patients who are critically sick and need a short term mechanical circulatory support, another emerging device (which was designed primarily for temporary cardiovascular support…

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