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Critical Care and Shock has its origin in the regular discussions of a small circle of intensivists from the US, Europe, Japan, and Indonesia who pioneered the international conference of critical care medicine, better known as the Indonesian-International Symposium on Shock and Critical Care, which is held annually in Indonesia since 1994. It was thought at that time that it would be worthwhile to publish a journal in critical care medicine as part of the effort to support and promote the annual conference and to share the latest advances in critical care with the potential readers in Western Pacific region that might complement favorably to the conference.

The first issue of Critical Care and Shock appeared in June 1998 featuring the articles mostly from the guest speakers of the annual Indonesian-International Symposium on Shock and Critical Care.

From its beginning Critical Care and Shock has been the official journal of the Indonesian Society of Critical Care Medicine.

By 1999, at the Council meeting of Western Pacific Association of Critical Care Medicine (WPACCM), it was approved to adopt Critical Care and Shock as the official journal of WPACCM. Also, as of the February issue of 2001, Critical Care and Shock has become the official journal the Philippines Society of Critical Care Medicine.

At present, Critical Care and Shock is enjoying increasing readership in the countries of the Western Pacific region, and welcome the submission of manuscripts from intensivists and other professionals in critical care around the globe to be published in its future issues.

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