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Upcoming ESPNIC Events at the EfCCNa Congress

At the 7th EfCCNa Congress in Belfast, Northern Ireland, there will be two ESPNIC events.

 The following is an ESPNIC Session. The Chair for this session will be Dr. Lvvonne Tume. 

The following is an ESPNIC Workshop. The moderator for this workshop will be Dr. Lyvonne Tume

We hope to see you there!

Congratulations to our new Executive Committee Members!

We are pleased to announce the election results for Secretary and Trainee Representative.

Secretary: Daniele De Luca

Trainee Representative: Anna Zanin

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We wish them great success in their new positions!

ESPNIC Young Investigators' Awards

First Prize: Raymond Stegman, Netherlands

Second Prize: Navin Boeddha, Netherlands 

Third Prize: Davide Vecchio, Italy

ESPNIC Nursing Awards

Best NICU Orals 

Joint First Prize: Roos Sterk, Netherlands

Joint First Prize: Rachel Homer, UK

Best PICU Orals 

First Prize: Marcel Tinnevelt, Netherlands 

Second Prize: Danijela Milanovic, Slovenia

Best Nursing Short Oral 

Prize: Laura Rio, Switzerland

In Memoriam of Dr Karl Erik Edberg  

Karl Erik

It is with great sadness to share with you that Dr Karl Erik Edberg passed away this summer while being at his most beloved place next to a peaceful lake in Sweden. Although retired some years ago, he continued working in his PICU. He has been loved by all the PICU staff in Gothenburg, Sweden, and will be missed immensely.

Karl Erik was the president of ESPIC Medical from 1996-1998 and during his office he worked closely with the president of ESPIC Nursing, Jos Latour. Karl Erik has been instrumental in bringing the 

medical and nursing sections more closely together and working towards an all professional society. His vision was also, together with Sergio Fanconi, to bring the Neonatology into the society. ESPIC’s name was changed to ESPNIC in 1998 reflecting the work of paediatric critical care across Europe. Behind the scenes, Karl Erik has contributed enormously to the success of the 8th ESPNIC Nursing Symposium in 2002 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Karl Erik was one of the founding members of the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies (WFPICCS) and working hard to promote the best available and quality practices of paediatric critical care around the world.

We will be remembering Karl Erik Edberg as a warm person with a vision and wishing his children and grand-children comfort and our sincerest sympathies.


The new Sepsis definitions were launched today at SCCM, with fundamental contribution from ESICM

ESPNIC has endorsed the new Sepsis definitions, which we are sure will be a major step in tackling sepsis. We look forward to working on the paediatric version of the definitions soon.

New Paediatric/Neonatal European Diploma in Intensive Care - PEDIC 

Applications now open! Beta test on 18 February 2016.

Abstract submission deadline:  13th April 2016.EAPS 2016 - ABSTRACT NOW OPEN!

New ESICM BurnICU Working Group!

The BurnICU working group intends to bring ESICM members together who are involved or interested in caring for critically ill burn patients. It will promote education and research in the field. The Working Group will further pursue innovative approaches to funding and managing research on the care and treatment of critically ill burn patients.


If you are interested in actively joining the BurnICU Working Group, contact the WG Chair Matthieu Legrand

European  Society for Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Society Standards for End of Life Care and Tissue/Organ Donation

ESPNIC considers the following statements to represent best practice:

1)    Organ and tissue donation is a routine part of childhood end-of-life care for children

2)    Every Intensive Care unit caring for children should have both medical and nursing staff with responsibility to ensure excellent end-of-life care is provided for dying children.

3)    Expert palliative care provision should be available for children in ICU thought likely to die either during admission or in the foreseeable future.

4)    ICU teams should:

  • Establish local paediatric, & where appropriate neonatal, policies and practice based on national guidelines for end-of-life care including donation
  • Facilitate education and training on this to all relevant staff
  • Ensure organ donation is offered via expert teams in all appropriate situations

5)    Every child that may be potentially ‘brain-dead’ should undergo appropriate brainstem death (BSD) testing, in accordance with national guidelines.

6)    Every child in whom brain death testing is being considered ought to be referred to organ donation organizations, to enable parents to consider donation.

7)    In countries where donation after circulatory death (DCD) is permitted there should be a discussion with specialist organ donation teams in any case in which there is the intention to withdraw life-sustaining therapy and where death is likely to occur in an appropriate time for DCD, as determined by national guidelines

8)    Discussion about organ donation with parents/relatives should occur with experts in donation. Collaborative discussion with the family by both ICU team and the organ donation team together, is preferred, though the organ donation team alone can approach if the ICU team supports this. As a minimum there should be an agreed plan between the organ donation and ICU teams regarding any approach.

9)    Organ donation & successful transplantation can be improved by active management of the brain-dead donor and this should be undertaken in accordance with national or local guidelines. Organ donation teams and/or other donor physiology teams can guide management.

10) In the absence of national guidelines, ICU teams should lead the development of appropriate resources. Support for this can be accessed via ESPNIC EC or European Society for Organs Transplants (ESOT –

Child rights in European law: new practical guide from the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and the Council of Europe

On the occasion of Universal Children’s Day, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the Council of Europe, and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), launch a handbook on European law relating to rights of the child.
Access the Handbook on European law relating to the rights of the child:>  
 “The promotion and protection of rights of the child is one of the EU’s objectives. However, legal practitioners are not always familiar with European law and jurisprudence in this area,” says FRA interim Director Constantinos Manolopoulos.“We are glad to offer this useful guide to assist practitioners better protect children so they can effectively enjoy their rights.”
Council of Europe Director General for Democracy Snežana Samardžić-Marković says: “Legislation and policy promoting the rights of the child would have little impact without them being directly implemented through national and international jurisprudence. Professionals working with and for children need to have a full overview and, most importantly, understanding of the case law developed by the international and regional courts in this area. This handbook will be a precious tool to making children’s rights a reality in their daily lives.
The  Handbook on European law relating to the rights of the child  <>  is the first comprehensive guide to European law in the area of child rights, taking into account both the case law of the ECtHR and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). It provides information on: the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU and relevant Regulations and Directives; the European Social Charter (ESC); decisions of the European Committee of Social Rights; other Council of Europe instruments; as well as on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and other international instruments.
This handbook is designed to assist lawyers, judges, prosecutors, social workers, non-governmental organisations and other bodies confronted with legal issues relating to rights of the child. The publication covers issues such as equality, personal identity, family life, alternative care and adoption, migration and asylum, child protection against violence and exploitation, as well as children’s rights within criminal justice and alternative proceedings.
The handbook <>  is available in English and French. Other language versions will follow in 2016.
The launch of the handbook is part of the annual World Forum for Democracy(link is external) <> , organised by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
 Source:  Link to source <>     

European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Statement regarding recognition about the relevance of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child for critically ill children and its adaptation for ICU.

This standard applies to all children irrespective of any impairment/disabilities.

We recognize the critically ill child has the following 15 rights:

  1. Right to parents visiting without restriction, unless clinically necessary e.g. confidentiality for other children during rounds or patient safety
  2. Right to excellent comfort and analgesia at any age
  3. Right to safe & effective medication
  4. Right to appropriate early recognition and interventions for life-threatening conditions
  5. Right to access excellent end-of-life/palliative care
  6. Right to participate in well designed and regulated medical research
  7. Right to be involved in decision-making wherever possible, and of access to devices and methods to enable and facilitate communication
  8. Right to the best quality and appropriately qualified medical, nursing and allied health professionals commensurate with national provision/standards
  9. Right to seek treatment across national borders in line with European law
  10. Right to safe & effective critical care transport accompanied by parent/carer
  11. Right to appropriate play, developmental care and education
  12. Right to protection from healthcare-associated infections by appropriate evidence based strategies and active unit surveillance
  13. Right to seek ethical review, whether expressed by parents/carers or the child themselves
  14. Right to have appropriate religious/spiritual care
  15. Right to seek legal intervention and to receive support to manifest these and all other rights

 Whilst short of a right, ESPNIC also recommends that:

  • Parents/carers are present and supported during episodes of resuscitation
  • Feedback from families ought to inform ICU provision
  • Psychological and pastoral support is available for families and staff


Research with children

Ethics & new online course: ESPNIC strongly endorses the need for research to advance the field of critical care for all children. As such the society endorses, and is delighted to share with you, the UK Nuffield council on bioethics work on Children and clinical research ( and new training opportunity for researchers: which is being translated into different languages (Spanish offered now) and offers links to many relevant websites including that of the European commission.


Thursday 28 May 2015

On behalf of ESPNIC, I would like to send our warmest congratulations to Elie Azoulay and the ICM editorial board on their success in increasing the impact factor of our journal, Intensive Care Medicine to 7.21,



Wednesday 05 November 2014

We realise many of you will have concerns about the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and we have already sadly seen infective secondary transmission to healthcare staff here in Europe. Our thoughts are with our colleagues in Madrid.



Wednesday 10 September 2014

Recently renovated tertiary referral 38 beds NICU in Paris has the following positions available :
- young attending neonatologist (for 1-2-4 years) renewable
- fellow (for 6 months-1 year)



Tuesday 20 May 2014



Tuesday 15 April 2014


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