ESICM solidarity statement for all people impacted by the conflict in Ukraine
The European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) stands in solidarity with all the people affected by the Russian invasion in Ukraine, from citizens to healthcare workers saving lives and treating patients in hospitals and intensive care units during these dark and worrying days.
We can only imagine how difficult it is to deal with another crisis after the upheaval brought by COVID-19 in intensive care units.
No words could fully express our grief. We send hope and loving thoughts to our friends and colleagues, their families and fragile patients.
We at ESICM will do everything in our power to support the intensive care community involved in a humanitarian crisis in any state and country where this is needed.
The Geneva Conventions and International Humanitarian Law (IHL), which guarantee medical neutrality during a conflict and protect healthcare, the sick and wounded, health services and personnel must be fully respected.
Patients, healthcare facilities and staff should not pay a higher price than what is already being asked of them.
As soon as we have more information on what is needed and how it can be delivered, we will ask you to join us to try and help everyone who needs it as much as we can.
We stand together against war and we stand together with peace.
We stand together with patients and families, we stand together with intensive care.