The Latin American pediatric intensive care society, Sociedad Latinoamericana de Cuidados Intensivos Pediátricos (SLACIP), was created in 1993 after the first congress of pediatric intensive care that took place in Baltimore in 1992.
SLACIP is open to people from all Latin American countries that wish to participate and contribute in working to improve pediatric critical care. At the moment, many professionals from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Republica Dominicana, Uruguay and Venezuela, in addition to Spain and Portugal, are actively participating.
SLACIP’s vision is to position itself as a reference institution for those who are in charge of care for pediatric critical patients in the region, and being part of WFPCCS.
SLACIP’s action axis is scientific rigor and a proactive attitude towards knowledge and research, as well as high standards in medical practice based on excellence. We are committed with the diffusion of activities to allow improvement and equity of pediatric intensive care in the region.
Since its origins, SLACIP has encouraged collaboration between members and countries, organizing scientific and educational activities based on the vision and values of society. We have a Congress every two years, to alternate with the WFICCS congress, and on July 26th-29th, 2017, the 14th congress will take place in Asunción, Paraguay (http://www.slacip2017paraguay.com/). Likewise, since 1996 we have organized a Spanish and Portuguese SLACIP Symposium as a pre WFPICCS congress event.
In terms of research and quality of care, we now have several committees in SLACIP, which work as base for multicenter studies and the creation of guidelines of clinical practice based in evidence and adapted to our countries’ realities.
This way, we are working on our main objective of achieving excellence in practice of pediatric intensive care in the Latin American setting.