June 17, 2016

I have secured funding from the Northern Ireland Research and Development Office to hold a CC-DEN meeting on 15th February 2017 - the day before EfCCNa DENthe EfCCNa congress officially starts. I would like to invite all members to attend.

We have an international faculty of high profile researchers who will be engaged in discussing their research areas and facilitating discussions.

The aim of the meeting is to bring together current members, and attract new members, to achieve the following objectives:

•             To share subject and methodological knowledge and expertise

•             To disseminate information on ongoing and planned research

•             To enable building new collaborations

•            To discuss strategic European grant applications

There will be approximately 12 speakers from the UK, Scandinavia, central and eastern Europe. The scientific programme will focus on critical care research of current CC-DEN members in improving ICU patient care across Europe to include:

•             Communication and symptom control in ICU

•             Delirium, sedation and pain prevention and management

•             End of life care

•             Mechanical ventilation strategies

•            Patient/relatives’ experiences within and post ICU

•             Rehabilitation and follow up (physical and psychosocial)

There will be discussions on optimising research opportunities to work together in areas identified as research priorities by organisations such as EfCCNa and the James Lind Alliance (UK).

I would be grateful if you could let me know in advance if you are planning to attend because this is a separate venue from the Congress Hall and I need to plan catering.

Please confirm your attendance to b.blackwood@qub.ac.uk by 1st November 2016.

The venue is:

Queen’s University Belfast

The Wellcome Wolfson Building

Centre for Experimental Medicine

97 Lisburn Road

Belfast, BT9 7BL

Dr Bronagh Blackwood

EfCCNa President / Chair of CC-DEN


May 26, 2016

Call for abstracts


May 5, 2016

Thanks to Drago Satosek EfCCNa is now able to advertise the coming Congress in 2017 with a promotional video.

Please have a look at you tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQyLoRRR8jk


April 29, 2016

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April 13, 2016

Eimear Fitzgerald has over 10 years’ experience in Critical Care nursing. For the past three years she has been the Critical Care liaison clinical nurse manager at the Mater hospital. During this time she has developed special interests in Critical Care follow-up incorporating Tracheostomy care, Parenteral Nutrition & Catheter Related Blood Stream Infections (CRBSI). She has presented research data on the above at local and international meetings.

She has a diploma in nursing studies, a degree in nursing science, a higher diploma in Critical Care nursing, and an MSc in Healthcare Management. As part of the MSc programme she looked at Critical Care sleep deprivation and successfully introduced a daily “Quiet Hour” in the ICU. Last year she completed a Professional Diploma in the Prescription of Medication and Ionising Radiation and is currently studying for a graduate certificate in advanced nursing practEimearice focusing on Critical Care follow up.

Eimear is an active committee member of the Irish Association of Critical Care Nurses and ICU Steps Dublin.