October 15, 2015

I am a critical care nurse and nursing scientist and work at the intensive care unit of the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. The main focus of my research is on evidence based improvements for the mechanical ventilated patient. Besides my clinical work I am a board member and member of the guideline committee of the Dutch federation of Critical Care Nurses (V&VN-IC). I am very pleased to become the Dutch representative for EfCCNA and looking forward to working together at European level.

Welcome, Frederique


Frederique Paulus, RN, PhD


September 2, 2015

My name is Víctor Gómez Simón, I am 29 years old and I live in Barcelona. I work at Parc Tauli University Hospital in Sabadell, Spain.

The hospital has a mixed ICU and I share my work between the ICU and the pre-hospital emergency team.

I am a member of the Respiratory Care work group and I participate in the development of protocols and guidelines to ensure good practice and patients’ safety in my hospital.

I collaborate in many postgraduate degrees as an expert in mechanical ventilation. Furthermore, I have been involved in a project about early neurocognitve rehabilitation in critically ill patients and another project about protective mechanical ventilation to prevent ARDS development.

I am board member of Spanish Society of Critical Care Nursing (SEEIUC) and the board of the Catalan Society of Critical Care Medicine (SOCMIC). It is my pleasure to become the new Spanish representative for EFCCNa and I will try to do my best for the European Critical Care nurses.


August 26, 2015

EfCCNa is happy to indroduce the new representative of the Serbian Critical Care Nursing Organisation (UINARS), Biljana Savic.
Biljana is the successor of Gordana Dragosev who served in this role for a long time.

We thank Gordana very much for her valuable contribution to the Council work of EfCCNa and especially for her great role in organising the EfCCNa congress in Belgrade in 2013 and welcome Biljana very warmely.

Bilijana Savic

August 16, 2015

The EfCCNa is fully aware that 17,000 of its members from 26 national associations work on a daily basis with central lines. EfCCNa therefore endorses this important international survey and urges nurses from its member associations to participate. The invitation to participate came from the Chair of the Nurses and Allied Health Professionals of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (Dr Stijn Blot).
Please read the information below and click on the survey link to participate.

Dr Bronagh Blackwood
President, EfCCNa


Background: Bloodstream associated infections (BSI) are frequent in ICU’s, severe, and to a large extent preventable.
Objectives: Online survey to document knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding CLABSI prevention in intensive care units in 2015 worldwide.
Target Group: Medical doctors and nurses working in ICUs worldwide
About the survey: The survey is short (can be completed in 10 minutes).
Timeline: The survey will be available online from June 2015-October 2015
Benefits for participants: For those completing the survey,access in real time to selected results. After completion of the survey, open (online) access to (1) publishedscientific article presenting main aggregated results, (2) country-specific results, (3) The entire original database.
The more replies for a country, the more useful  the results will be for this country.

Participate in the survey: The survey can be taken in 10 different languages.
Please click on the respective links below depending on your language of choice

English-Prevention of Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) in Intensive Care Units: An International Survey

Spanish-Prevención de bacteriemias relacionadas con catéteres venosos centrales (CVC) en unidades de cuidados intensivos: un estudio internacional



Portuguese-Prevenção da infeção da corrente sanguínea associada a catéter venoso central em cuidados intensivos: um inquérito internacional

German-Prävention der mit zentralen Zugängen (ZVK) assoziierten Blutbahninfektionen auf Intensivstationen: eine internationale Umfrage

Russian-Профилактика катетер-ассоциированных инфекций кровотока(КАИК)в отделениях анестезиологии-реанимации:Международное исследование

Italian-Prevenzione delle Infezioni del torrente ematico associate a catetere centrale (Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections, CLABSI) nelle Unità di Terapia Intensiva: un'indagine internazionale

French-Prévention des bactériémies associées aux  cathéters veineux centraux (CVC) dans les unités de réanimation : une enquête en ligne internationale

Dutch-Preventie van Septicemieën geassocieerd met Centraal Veneuze Katheters op Intensieve Zorgen : een internationaal enquête

On behalf of the team from the healthcare acquired infections unit, Scientific Institute for Public Health, Belgium we would like to thank you for your time and participation.

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May 8, 2015

The EfCCNa is committed to advancing the art and science of critical care nursing across the European countries; therefore it is facilitating a Critical Care Doctoral European Nursing group (Critical Care DEN) to bring together nurses across Europe engaged in critical care research. The inaugural meeting of this group took place in January 2015 at the 6th EfCCNa Congress in Valencia, Spain.

Potential benefits of such a group would be to enable doctoral prepared nurse researchers to:

  • meet with others adopting similar research approaches and at similar stages in their research careers
  • discuss their work in progress, receive collaboration and feedback from peers
  • share data, share and build skills in research methods and analysis
  • discuss developments in critical care research
  • build on existing research strengths and discuss collaboration in future critical care projects and grant applications
  • mentor and encourage junior researchers

The group welcomes nurses who are either undertaking or who have completed a Doctoral programme in any European country (e.g. PhD; DPhil; DNS; Professional Doctorate or similar). Further details will appear shortly, but in the meantime, if you are interested in joining the group please send your name, qualifications, affiliation and country, and email address to b.blackwood@qub.ac.uk.