The Association

The Saudi Intensive Care Association (SICA) was founded in November 2013 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as a subsidiary of the Saudi Thoracic Society (STS). SICA is a non-profit making national association created by a group of multidisciplinary healthcare workers experts on the field of ICU practice to supports and promotes the advancement of knowledge in intensive care medicine, in particular the promotion of the highest standards of multidisciplinary care of critically ill patients and their families through education, research and professional development.


To promote and enhance Critical Care Medicine practice by espousing the philosophy of collaborative multidisciplinary practice, and to promote research, education and patient care in Critical Care Medicine, and to lead the overall planning, implementation and evaluation of critical care services for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


An accessible, integrated system of evidenced-based critical care services for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


The objectives of SICA are to develop:

  • System performance measurement and monitoring
  • Strategic planning, visioning, and priority setting for the critical care system
  • Oversight and stewardship
  • Targeted program implementation and evaluation
  • Stakeholder engagement and partnership development 

Achieving the objectives of the SICA will be through the establishment of committees/taskforces to:

  • Develop national guidelines and protocols for practice in ICU including the policies and procedures.
  • Conduct research to study the characteristics and prevalence of common diseases in the ICU.
  • Conduct scientific education and training for healthcare workers in the ICU.
  • Provide advisory services and support to health agencies.
  • Establish national database of patients critical care patients and diseases.
  • Secure funds to finance SICA activities. 

To work collaboratively with stakeholders including The Ministry of Health and other Healthcare Providers to design and oversee their critical care system that meets the needs of critically ill patients across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.



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