Working groups

Working groups are formed to address issues that involve more than one section of ESPNIC.

Active Members of ESPNIC can join any of the Working Groups during the application or renewal process, or later by updating their member profiles HERE .

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The aim of the ESPNIC POCUS Working Group is to develop guidelines for the use of point of care ultrasound in the neonatal and paediatric intensive care units, and ultimately promote use of bedside ultrasound in making clinical decisions in the intensive care setting.  The POCUS Working Group will work on developing an expert consensus statement for training and accreditation required to acquire skills in use of bedside ultrasound in neonatal and paediatric intensive care units.

For more information about the POCUS Working Group, please contact the leads:

Dr. Cecile Tissot
Dr. Yogen Singh

The aim of the ESPNIC Simulation Working Group is to advance paediatric and neonatal critical care training and education based on simulation technologies. Simulation-based medical education can be a platform which provides a valuable tool in learning to  improve clinical performance, patient safety, and outcomes. One of the aims of this group is to promote a simulation based educational program and work on developing a European consensus statement for training and accreditation required to become a simulation instructor for neonatal and paediatric critical care area.

For more information about the Simulation Working Group, please contact the leads:

Dr. Anna Zanin
Dr. Gilles Jourdain

POKER, the PICU Oncology Kids in Europe Research group, is a working group of ESPNIC. Our ultimate goal is to improve the care and health outcomes of critically ill pediatric cancer patients. As a first step, POKER aims to obtain consensus in determining the top research priorities and core outcome measures in the field of pediatric cancer patients at the PICU for the next 10 years.

For more information about the POKER Working Group, please contact the leads:

Dr. Roelie Wösten-van Asperen 
Dr. Joe Brierley 

The goal of the ESPNIC Healthcare Informatics, eHealth & Big Data Working Group is to improve care in the neonatal and paediatric intensive care units with data, IT systems and eHealth solutions. As a first step, the working group aims to prioritize and address a list of (research) topics regarding Healthcare Informatics, eHealth & Big Data in the field of neonatal and peadiatric intensive care.

For more information about this Working Group, please contact the leads:

Dr. Erik Koomen
Dr. Joppe Nijman

ESPNIC is starting a Liver Failure Working Group aiming at promoting an educational programme to cover various aspects of liver failure including the organisation of masterclasses and workshops. The Working Group is also planned to work collaboratively with other sections to develop European consensus guidelines for managing various aspects of neonatal and paediatric liver failure. In addition, the working group will identify and prioritise key areas of multi-disciplinary research on liver failure.

For more information about this Working Group, please contact the leads:

Dr. Akash Deep
Dr. Pierre Tissieres

Haematological complications are very frequent in PICU and associated high rates of morbimortality PBM is an emerging concern in critical care across a number of areas: transfusions, hemostasis, anticoagulation, thrombosis, anaemia, alternative treatments (such as iv iron), immunologic effects of transfused blood products, etc. 

For more information about this Working Group, please contact the leads:

Dr. Laura Butragueño
Dr. Fabrizio Chiusolo