Acts of terrorism in Paris - President's Message

The members of the World Federation Executive Committee and Council were deeply shocked and saddened at the news of the attacks in Paris last evening. We know that our intensive and critical care colleagues will be at the centre of delivering care to the injured and wounded. We express our solidarity with their efforts and the wider community in Paris as they come to terms with the impact of such an indiscriminate attack. The World Federation stands alongside many countries and organisations around the world in public condemnation of this unnecessary and senseless violence.

We know all our member societies would express their support at this time of tragedy. On behalf of all members of our global organisation we also extend our sincerest thoughts and sympathies to the families and friends of those who have been lost.


Jean-Louis Vincent


In memory of Flavio Maciel

It is with great sadness that we annouce the passing of Dr Flavio Maciel on Monday, August 31st. This is a sad day for the global critical care community. 


Flavio Maciel was elected to the Council of the World Federation at the 9th World Congress in Buenos Aires in 2005 and served with great distinction until 2013. Flavio was a committed professional and a kind and generous man.


The World Federation extend our sincere condolences to Flavio's family and colleagues. We hope the passge of time will assuage the anguish of their bereavement and leave them with only cherished memories of a much loved man.


The Executive Committee and Council are aware that reports of the MERS-CoV outbreak in Korea might be causing some concern and anxiety.

We are laising with our local colleagues in Korea who are assessing the outbreak on a day-to-day basis and we can report as follows:

We have good reasons to believe that the epidemic will be under control in the next few weeks

The WHO reports that all cases have been linked to a single chain of transmission and data from the current outbreak does not   

suggest that a more transmissible virus is emerging in Korea

Transmission of the virus through meeting participants is extremely unlikely. You can view the latest WHO guidlines on the management of MERS-CoV via the following link:

If you require more specific information about MERS, please use the links to the following publications:

                Zumla A, Hui D, Perlman S, Lancet 2015 June 3 Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

                Lancet Respir Med. 2015 Jun 4  Spread of MERS in South Korea and China

Please be reassured that we will remain vigilant by keeping in daily contact with our colleagues in Korea. If you have any specific questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the World Federation via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  


The Council of the World Federation approved a donation of $2000 USD towards the Care Box appeal to assist in providing care for the victims of the earthquake(s) in Nepal. We have been liaising with our critical care colleagues in Nepal to ensure this contribution will help to keep the ICUs supplied with much needed emergency medical drugs and equipment.

Pictured below, World Federation Secretary-General Professor John Marshall is presenting the donation to Dr Diptesh Aryal.


 If you would like to learn more about Critical Care Medicine in Nepal: Before and after the massive earthquake and its aftershocks you can view a special report prepared for the World Federation EARTHQUAKE


July 9th 2015


The Local Organising Committee has published an update on the MERS-CoV outbreak in Korea. You can view the report here JULY UPDATE 

The key points from the report:


- the WHO has reported there is no evidence of community spread of the disease

- large-scale conferences have recently been held in Korea, they have been successful with no MERS issues/concerns being raised



The World Federation is supporting an international on-line survey on the PREVENTION OF CENTRAL LINE-ASSOCIATED BLOODSTREAM INFECTIONS IN INTENSIVE CARE UNITS (CLABSI).  Please click HERE to see a one-page summary of the study protocol.


 The on-line questionnaire can be completed in 10 minutes and listed below are the links to the various language versions of the questionnaire:











The Executive Committee and Council of the World Federation were deeply shocked and saddened at the damage and subsuequent the loss of life caused by the earthquake in Nepal. The Executive Committee has been liaising with Nepalese Society of Critical Care Medicine (NSCCM) on the best way to support efforts to relieve suffering and deliver care. We hope our members societies will find the following update useful:

• Organisations offering rapid-response disaster relief including Médicins Sans Frontieres (MSF), Americares and Red Cross already have teams in-situ or in-transit to Nepal. MSF teams are carrying out an intial assessment of the most urgent medical needs. You can read more at

• National societies of intensive and critical care medicine are advised to monitor the status of their own country’s response and make an informed decision about how they can offer support. We are aware that several countries have launched emergency appeals for donations and that some governments and commercial organisations have agreed to match donations.

• If a society or any individual intensivist wishes to make a financial donation please visit

• Any intensive and critical care pratitioner who wishes to volunteer to travel to Nepal and to assist directly is advised to pause temporarily until more specific advice is available

• The Executive Committee will continue to monitor the situation and will issue new advice as more news is received from our local contacts in Nepal

Updated April 28th

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WFSICCM Constitution


The latest Consitution was approved and then ratified by the General Assemblies meeting in Soeul, Korea in August 2015.


View the WFSICCM Constitution by clicking HERE