The PICSS-PF Study

“Post Intensive Care Syndrome in Swiss Pediatric Survivors and their Families” (PICSS-PF) is a multi-center, national, longitudinal project ongoing in Switzerland that seeks to better understand the health outcomes, and recovery in children and their families after discharge from pediatric intensive care units.

The ultimate goal of this research program is to improve post-Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) transitions of children and their family caregivers, focusing on modifiable risk and protective factors.

PICSS-PF study includes children who had been hospitalized in Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) as well as their main family caregivers, and siblings. The study is in progress in all eight Swiss PICUs, in French, German, and English languages, coordinated by the Lausanne University Hospital team.

This study promotes a holistic approach to PICU care and the transition to the child’s full potential and well-being.

PICSS-PF study adds a novel perspective to understanding the post-intensive care syndrome in pediatrics and their families by having a holistic worldview of the Bioecological Theory of Human Development and investigating important factors affecting child health related to the child, family, community, and societal resources.