Borderless CICU

Until very recently, the exchange of experiences and knowledge between Cardiac Intensive Care Units (CICU) has been limited. While this has improved for many in wealthy countries, this type of collaboration remains uncommon in low- and middle-income countries, limited mainly to conferences and some publications with international collaboration. To interact with the editors of the…

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Nursing Editorial: Development of the Pediatric Cardiac Surgical Program at PGIMER, Chandigarh, India – Sustained Advocacy, Teamwork, and Global Collaborations are Keys to Success

The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, is a government-funded tertiary care academic hospital in the Northern region of India. The specialty care services provided by the hospital cover a population of nearly 100 million spread over more than five administrative subdivisions of the country. The first pediatric cardiac surgery was performed…

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Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Tahir Heart Institute

Pakistan is the fifth most populated country in the world with an estimated population of 220 million1.  Currently, the country spends only 1.9% of its GDP on health. The estimated number of children born with congenital heart disease (CHD) in Pakistan is approximately 40,000-50,000 per year based upon assumed birth prevalence and annual birth rate.…

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Assessing Our Trainees in the CICU

In the United States, the delivery of critical care to cardiac patients is quite heterogeneous and the units in which these patients receive their care can vary from dedicated cardiac intensive care units (CICUs) to mixed pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) to specialized neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), and no two units are exactly the…

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Guest Editorial: Caring for Tiny Hearts! Training Physicians in Paediatric Cardiac Intensive Care

Perspective from Mirjana Cvetkovic, MD, Training Director, Paediatric Intensive Care, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, United Kingdom. “What do you do?” “I am a Paediatric Cardiac Intensivist.” The question opens a longer conversation: “How do you become one?” “How did I actually become one?!” In United Kingdom (UK) as in the rest of the Europe,…

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Guest Editorial: You Made Me Feel Human

“You made me feel human;” a mother once wrote in a letter to me after her daughter’s death.  I had been a clinical nurse specialist in the CICU during her daughter’s hospitalization. Her daughter was born prematurely with a complete heart block and was being temporarily paced until she grew big enough to receive a…

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Guest Editorial: Growing up in the CCU: Supporting Families Through the Long Haul

 “The power of community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic, or hospital” – Mark Hyman In October of 2021, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) jointly declared a national emergency in children’s mental health. This crisis has been…

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