The last few days have been very bleak, with the news of the brutal and tragic terror attacks in Vienna, Nice and Paris, and last week’s devastating earthquake in Turkey, which killed more than 110 citizens and injured over 900 men, women and children.
The victims and survivors of these events are being treated and cared for by our wonderful, dedicated colleagues in Intensive Care Units, while their families receive the best support to help get them through these difficult next steps. Our thoughts and condolences are with all those affected by the aftermath of these events.
The European Society of Intensive Care Medicine would like to express solidarity and support for all of our colleagues who are delivering this medical expertise.
These tragedies come at a time when our profession is also confronting a pandemic that is stretching our capacities and presenting some of the most challenging clinical and emotional situations for our doctors and nurses. It is at times like these that we should not feel helpless. We stand together, united in our principles of caring for patients and saving lives, and together we stand strong.