The Global Intensive Care Group

The Global Intensive Care Group (GICG) is aiming to consolidate and strengthen efforts within ESICM in order to help improving intensive care medicine in low- and middle-income countries.
GICG consists of 6 members:

  • A chairperson
  • Representative of Africa, Asia and South America
  • Two European representatives

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Research – Research Projects

The Intensive Care GLObal Study on Severe Acute Respiratory Infection is a multicentre, prospective, observational,14-day inception cohort study designed and conducted by the ESICM Trials Group to investigate the epidemiology and microbiology profiles of ICU-SARI.

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Sakr, Y., Ferrer, R., Reinhart, K. et al. The Intensive Care Global Study on Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (IC-GLOSSARI): a multicenter, multinational, 14-day inception cohort study. Intensive Care Med 42, 817–828 (2016).

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Research – Surveys

International survey on the Structure and Organisation of the Intensive Care Unit (ISOREA).The objective was to evaluate the current structure and organisation of ICUs in a very large sample of countries with low, middle and high income, given the scarcity of data in this area.

This survey was endorsed by the Société de Réanimation de Langue Française (SRLF), by the Subsaharian Society for Anesthesia and Intensive Care (SARANF) and by ESICM.

It was organised by Pr. Armand MEKONTSO DESSAP, Medical ICU, Henri Mondor University Hospital, Créteil, France

Relevant Research

Otto Schell C., Gerdin Wärnberg al. The global need for essential emergency and critical care
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Mekontso Dessap A. Frugal innovation for critical care
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Benbenishty J et al. The migrant crisis and the importance of developing cultural competence in the intensive care unit
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Flavia R. Machado et al. Trying to Improve Sepsis Care in Low-Resource Settings
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Ary Serpa Neto et al. Ventilatory support of patients with sepsis or septic shock in resource-limited settings.
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Suggested Talks

Intensive Care in a Resource-Poor Setting

How can a functional intensive care system be established in these settings?

In this icTV interview, Martin Dünser answers these important questions and updates us on the initiatives of ESICM and its partners in resource-poor settings.

The Global Burden of Disease

Global health expert Majid Ezzati provides an interesting overview of the current state of global health and explains his vision for how intensive care clinicians can play a greater role in effecting positive change.

Preparing for the Next Pandemic

In this interesting icTV interview, Jeremy Farrar, Oxford University Professor and Director of the UK’s Wellcome Trust discusses the implications of emerging infections on intensive care, and provides some prognostic advice on preparing for future pandemics.