History

LIVEN (Latin-American IntensiVE care Network) is a network of Latin-American intensive care medical researchers which was created during a symposium organized by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, held in Santiago, Chile on May 7, 2015.

LIVEN founding members are Gastón Murias, Elisa Estenssoro, Arnaldo Dubin, Fernando Ríos, Nicolás Nin, Francisco Javier Hurtado, Arturo Briva, Gilberto Friedman, Felipe Dal Pizzol, Flavia Machado, Luciano Azevedo, Alexandre Cavalcanti, Gustavo Ospina-Tascón, Glenn Hernández, Guillermo Bugedo, Alejandro Bruhn, Carlos Romero, Rodrigo Cornejo, Cecilia Luengo, Jerónimo Graf, Dagoberto Soto, Pablo Tapia, Daniel Hurtado, Julia Guerrero, Marcelo Andía, Leyla Alegría, Ricardo Castro, Pablo Cruces, Manuel Jibaja, and Jan Bakker. These researchers currently work in distinguished universities and hospitals in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay.
Since its creation, LIVEN was conceived as an individual-centered organization–not tied to specific hospitals, universities, or scientific societies, emphasizing its diversity and independent nature. 
LIVEN activities have been financed heretofore by its own members and by the support of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and the Universidad Internacional de Ecuador.

LIVEN activities commenced with the publication of an editorial about Latin-American research in critical care medicine (Research in Latin America: Opportunities and Challenges. Estenssoro E, et al. Intensive Care Med. 2016 Jun;42(6):1045-7. Doi: 10.1007/s00134-016-4342-3).

Since its creation, LIVEN has organized and carried out the recently-published LIVEN 1 and 2 studies (Organizational Issues, Structure, and Processes of Care in 257 ICUs in Latin America: A Study from the Latin America Intensive Care Network. Estenssoro E et al; Latin-American Intensive Care Network (LIVEN). Crit Care Med. 2017 Aug;45(8):1325-1336. Doi 10.1097/CCM.0000000000002413; and The Practice of Intensive Care in Latin America: A Survey of Academic Intensivists. Castro R, et al; Latin-American Intensive Care Network – LIVEN. Crit Care. 2018 Feb 21;22(1):39. Doi: 10.1186/s13054-018-1956-6). Presently,the LIVEN 3 study on the epidemiology of shock is ongoing.

In a recent meeting held in Santiago, Chile, the LIVEN Executive Committee planned the research agenda for 2018-19, which includes studies on quality of care and patient safety, together with others related to the field of humanism in healthcare. Additionally, LIVEN actively participated in the ANDROMEDA-SHOCK study, which will be presented in the HOT TOPICS session of the next conference of the European Society of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine, to be held in Paris in October 2018.

As part of the educational activities, LIVEN organized three high-level symposia in Santiago, Chile in 2015 and 2018, and in Quito in 2018.
After the Planning Committee meeting and the presentation of this website at the International LIVEN Symposium in Quito in July 2018, LIVEN plans to launch a second phase, centered on expanding membership and on promoting education and furthering research.