The PICS Study Group is an informal multi-disciplinary association of PICS members interested in research. Anyone is welcome to contribute or attend meetings.
The inaugural meeting of PICS-SG was held in Cambridge in 2005 with Prof. Robert Tasker as the Chair. From that meeting, several research collaborations were formed which resulted in successful large multi-centre randomised controlled trials such as CHiP, CATCH and SLEEPS. Over the past decade, many other clinical trials have been supported by the Study Group.
PICS-SG aims to facilitate research into critical illness in children by:
- acting as a forum for PIC staff to present outline plans for research projects/trials for informal peer review and supportive comment
- encouraging and facilitating collaboration between group members with common research interests
- considering feasibility of proposals for collaborative interventional trials
How Does it Work?
These aims are supported by group meetings but also by a network of research active or interested intensive care staff maintained by the Study Group chair.
The PICS-SG Chair (currently Mark Peters from Great Ormond Street Hospital, London) is available as a point of contact for researchers seeking collaborations amongst UK and Ireland PICS members and Units.
There are several areas of active research currently being led by PICS-SG members:
|FiSH (Fluids in Shock)||David Inwald|
|SANDWICH (protocolised sedation/ventilator weaning)||Bronagh Blackwood or Lyvonne Tume|
|FEVER (permissive temperature management)||Mark Peters|
|FibCon (use of fibrinogen concentrate)||Shane Tibby|
|FIRST-ABC (Use of high flow nasal cannula as non-invasive respiratory support)||P Ramnarayan|
|SCARF (early NIV in immunocompromised patients)||Mark Peters|
|Acute Liver Failure||Akash Deep|
The group typically meets twice a year: as a one day stand-alone Spring Meeting and as a session within the PICS Annual Conference.
NEXT MEETING DATE: 15th September 2015 at the PICS Annual Conference, Birmingham