2023 World PICU Awareness Week & Day

2023 World PICU Awareness Week & Day

The World PICU Awareness Week Committee exists to raise awareness about #PedsICU in general and any important themes impacting the specialty by engaging members and key stakeholders in awareness and advocacy activities at a global and regional level.  This 7 day event culminates in World PICU Awareness Day on the 2nd Friday of May, annually.

Chairs:  Orsola Gawronski, Nurse, Italy; Idah Sendagala, AHP, Uganda; Qalab Abbas, Physician, Pakistan;


Mary Lihinie deAlmeida, Physician, USA, North America

Rebecca Silvers, Nurse,   USA, North America

Renad Abu-Sawwa, AHP – Clinical pharmacist, USA, North America

Kelly Sheridan, AHP – Dietician, USA, North America

Nicole McKinnon, Physician, Canada, North America

Nicole Gilbert, AHP – Dietician, Canada, North America

Parveen Kaur, AHP, Singapore, Asia

Yujiro Matsuishi, Nurse, Japan, Asia

Poh Pei Fen, Nurse, Singapore, Asia

Deepika Harish,  Nurse, India, Asia

Milind Jambagi, Physician, India, Asia

Rakshay Shetty,  Physician, India

Hwa Jin Cho, Physician, South Korea, Asia

Rodelia G. Cipriano, Physician, The Philippines, Asia

Alvin C. Florentino, Physician, The Philippines, Asia

Qalab Abbas, Physician, Pakistan, Asia

Sidra Ishaque, Physician, Pakistan, Asia

Xiaoyang Hong, Physician, China, Asia

Brenda Morrow AHP, South Africa, Africa

Idah Sendagala  AHP, Uganda, South Africa

Halalisani Ngema, AHP – Social Work, South Africa

Irene Chueu, Physician, South Africa, Africa

Charlyne Kilba, Physician, Ghana, Africa

Jenala Njiram’madzi, Physician, Malawi, Africa

Laura Ajidiru, AHP, Uganda, Africa

Stella Elikplim Lawerteh, AHP, Ghana, Africa

Dorothy Adjabu, AHP, Ghana, Africa

Asma Salloo, Physician, South Africa, Africa

Prakash M. Jeena, Physician, South Africa, Africa

Rudo Mathivha, Physician, South Africa, Africa

Stehilia Tshukutsoane, Nurse, South Africa, Africa

Lincoln Solomon, Physician, South Africa, Africa

Noor Parker, Physician, South Africa, Africa

Halalisani Ngema, AHP – Social work, South Africa, Africa

Marleen Petersen, Nurse, South Africa, Africa

Bernadet Francis, Nurse, South Africa, Africa

Fajer Altammar  Physician, Kuwait, Middle East

Nilufer Ozturk, Physician, Turkey, Europe/Asia

Joseph Manning, Nurse  UK, Europe

Gawronski Orsola, Nurse, Italy, Europe

Gerri Sefton, Nurse, UK, Europe

Gabriella Bottari, Physician, Italy, Europe

Sebastian Godoy Salinas , AHP, Chile, Latin America

Adriana Ramírez Barrientos, Nurse, Colombia, Latin America

Natalia Andrea Henao Murilllo, Nurse, Colombia, Latin America

Santiago Martínez, AHP, Chile, Latin America

Cintia Johnston  AHP, Brazil, Latin America

Milagritos López, Nurse  Peru, Latin America

Adriano Conrado, Occupational Therapist, Brazil, Latin America

Ana Paula Bautzer, Speech therapist, Brazil, Latin America

Werther Brunow de Carvalho, Physician, Brazil, Latin America

Alejandra Cortés, Physician, Chile, Latin America

Silvio Torres, Physician, Argentina, Latin America

Raffo Escalante, Physician, Perú, Latin America

Francisco José Cambra, Physician, España, Latin America

Rocio Yerovi, Physician, Ecuador, Latin America

Jesús López-Herce, Physician, España, Latin America

Manuel Correa Flores, Physician Mexico, Latin America

Luis Moya, Physician, Guatemala, Latin America

Fabiola Castro, Physician, Chile, Latin America

Marta Marquez, Physician, México, Latin America

Rosa León Paredes, Physician, Perú, Latin America

World PICU Awareness Week themeSepsis.   Each region chose a topic and activity relevant to them.  Listen by region in alphabetical order.

World PICU Day podcast in collaboration with OPENPediatrics

Click on the image to listen to the recording!

For World PICU Day, WFPICCS organized a panel discussion with regional speakers discussing Sepsis guidelines for early recognition, resuscitation, and management: Global perspectives.

The panelists provided a brief summary of:

  1. Their participation in the development of the implementation of guidelines for use in facilities for either recognition, resuscitation or management of sepsis.
  2. ONE success in either the development or implementation of sepsis guidelines in their institution.
  3. ONE challenge/ failure in either the development or implementation of sepsis guidelines in their institutions.

This event was hosted by OPENPediatrics on Friday, May 12th, 2023 at 14.00 UTC.

Team Africa – Sepsis in Africa

May 10th, 2023 at 18.00 GMT+3

Regional experts from Africa shared their knowledge about sepsis prevention, social determinants, early recognition, and management.

Team Asia – Experiences and management of patients with sepsis in the PICU – A multidisciplinary Asian perspective.

May 11th, 2023 at 20.30 GMT+9

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate attention and treatment in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU).  While sepsis management protocols exist, it is important to understand that the Asian perspective of sepsis management in the PICU is unique.

This webinar, we will explore the various cultural, social, and economic factors that influence the approach to sepsis management in Asian PICUs. The speakers will share the challenges faced by healthcare providers in Asian countries and how they adapt to these unique situations.

One significant factor that differentiates the Asian perspective is the lack of resources and infrastructure.  Many PICUs in Asian countries have limited access to equipment, medications, and trained personnel. As a result, healthcare providers in these settings often have to improvise and use unconventional methods to manage sepsis.

Additionally, the prevalence of infectious diseases in Asian countries may also impact the management of sepsis in the PICU.   Healthcare providers must be knowledgeable about these diseases and their unique presentations to make accurate diagnoses and provide appropriate treatment.

You will hear from experts in the field of PICU and sepsis management from various Asian countries, who will share their experiences and insights on the unique challenges faced by healthcare providers in their respective countries. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the Asian perspective on sepsis management in the PICU and how to adapt to these unique situations to provide the best possible care for their patients.

Team Europe – ESPNIC launched podcasts each day of the week with key experts on the recognition, care and follow-up of septic children

Listen here!

Team Middle East & Turkey – Pediatric sepsis

This region has shared a number of videos:

  1. What is pediatric sepsis – in Arabic
  2. What is pediatric sepsis – in Turkish
  3. Epidemiology of Pediatric Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock in Turkey – in English.


What is pediatric sepsis - in Arabic

What is pediatric sepsis - in Turkish

Epidemiology of Pediatric Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock in Turkey

Team North America – Sepsis Immunology

Listen to the podcast here

Team Latin America – Sepsis in Pediatrics: Multi-professional Care in Different Contexts.

Team Latin America shares how pediatric sepsis is managed in Latin America  by the multi-professional PICU teams in the different contexts.