Organizations in the Field of Critical Care
A wide variety of clinician and consumer organizations are working to improve the lives of people requiring acute and critical care.
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
The AACN is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, representing the interests of more than 500,000 nurses who are charged with the responsibility of caring for acutely and critically ill patients. The association is dedicated to providing members with the knowledge and resources necessary to provide optimal care to critically ill patients.
American Association of Respiratory Care
The American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) encourages and promotes professional excellence, advances the science and practice of respiratory care, and serves as an advocate for patients and their families, the public, the profession, and the respiratory therapist.
American Burn Association
The American Burn Association (ABA) and its members dedicate their efforts and resources to promoting and supporting burn-related research, education, care, rehabilitation, and prevention. Activities involve stimulating research in the methods of treating burn injuries and fostering prevention efforts. Other key ABA endeavors include providing CE courses, annual scientific meetings, and scientific publications.
National Institutes of Health
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is one of the world’s foremost medical research centers, and it is the federal focal point for medical research in the United States. The NIH is made up of 27 institutes and centers, each with a specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems. The NIH is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world.
US Department of Health and Human Services
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the US government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The HHS administers the country’s Medicaid and Medicare programs and is the nation’s largest grant administrator.
World Health Organization
The World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries, and monitoring and assessing health trends.
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society
Founded in 1968, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN®) is a professional, international nursing society of more than 5000 healthcare professionals who are experts in the care of people with wounds, ostomy, and incontinence. WOCN promotes educational, clinical, and research opportunities to advance the practice and guide the delivery of expert health care to individuals with wound, ostomy, and continence concerns.