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Welcome to the PICUList

The really new PICU List (2013) is operational here.... A user's guide is here... (pdf; 299K)

PICUList is an email mailing list for discussion of Pediatric ICU issues.

Anyone with an interest in pediatric critical care is welcome - nurses, students, residents, staff, private practitioners, academicians, surgeons, pediatricians, anesthesiologists, medical industrialists, etc., included. If the list ever gets too large, we can celebrate, congratulate each other, and then divide. For now, the more the merrier.

Topics can include about anything relevant to PICU care. Administrative problems, political concerns, rare disorders, ethical dilemmas, common problems with a dozen equally disappointing therapies, or informal surveys are all fair game for discussion.

The World Wide Web sites with which PICUList is affiliated are PedsCCM ( ), and VPICU ( ).

PICUList Etiquette
Rules for PICUList are not too numerous, and have evolved by consensus.

1) Be civil or funny, as you wish, but try to ensure that humor accompanies a posting of substance, and does not take on a life of its own.

2) When replying to a previous message, try NOT to copy, into your own reply, the ENTIRE message to which you are responding. It is helpful if you include part of the original message.

3) Keep private replies off the list - only send to "PICUList" what is fit for an international community of more than two thousand people to read and ponder. The humorous personal exchange and the "send me a copy of your protocol" message are excellent examples of what not to do.

4) Don't identify patients.

5) Do identify yourself - "sign" the message with your name as you wish to be addressed (e.g. "Carl"), followed by, at a minimum, your full name and e-mail address. This can be set up as an automatic "signature."

6) Anything said on this list is discoverable in court, we think. So it would be prudent to keep this assumption in mind.

7) Anything said on this list could wind up on the front page of a newspaper someday, so keep this in mind too. This is clearly not a goal for the group, but it really could happen.

8) Have fun anyways :-)

9) Make the "Subject:" line accurately describe your note's content, e.g.:
"RE: 5 y.o. in status epilepticus"
"Job Posting - Tahiti: 10th FTE for 3 bed PICU")
"Advertisement: Snake Oil for ARDS - it really works!"

10) Originators of short-answer type surveys should place, at the top and bottom of the survey, a reminder to respondents to send their answers privately to the survey originator, NOT to the full PICUList. Survey originators should send a summary of the results back to the list.

11) Don't post chain letters to PICUList. They create huge headaches for the list owner.

12) A signature file should be a part of your e-mail program setup, to print out after all of your postings. At a minimum, it should include your name and e-mail address, and it is nice if it includes a litle of who and where you are, perhaps with telephone and fax numbers.

13) Advertisements of educational meetings or job openings are acceptable (with a clear and accurate "Subject:" line). Job openings must be posted directly by the group with the opening - listings by professional headhunter firms are not acceptable. Product sales or investment ads are not acceptable, whether public (on the list) or private (off the list, but using the
list of subscriber names). "Position wanted" postings are not acceptable - job seekers must communicate privately with those advertising openings.

* How to use the new PICUList *

You can use the new PICUList via the Web or via email. You will see that the Web interface provides far more functionality to the end user than does email. You may prefer to continue receiving messages by email, and may also prefer to reply by email, but you will need to use the Web for most other functions, including managing your own subscription, and for browsing or searching old messages.

The User's Manual is available here... (pdf; 299K) founded 1995

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