June 21, 2023

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ESICM Academy: browse the Acute Respiratory Failure eModules


Academy eModules are electronic books grouped into categories. They contain updated, peer-reviewed, evidence-based training material. ESICM Academy is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME).

The Acute Respiratory Section of the E-Learning Committee has developed and updated comprehensive educational material covering all fields of respiratory failure, including physiology, pathophysiology, monitoring, imaging assessment, and therapeutic interventions.

A total of 21 ACE courses are available on the ESICM Academy platform, which in addition to the theoretical background, include keynote bibliographic references, self-assessment questions, and scenario-based assessments, supported by must-to-watch educational webcasts and videos. At ELC, we are grateful to all authors who contributed to this enormous effort.

If you are an ESICM member, you can access for free all the courses available on the Academy. This month, we bring to your attention all the eModules related to the Acute Respiratory Failure Section.

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

ARDS is not a disease in itself but a clinical syndrome precipitated by a large variety of clinical conditions, such as pneumonia, sepsis, trauma, massive pulmonary embolism, aspiration, and thus, in addition to the management of ARDS, treatment of the underlying disease is crucial.

Acute respiratory failure ECLS

Extracorporeal life support (ECLS) is a means to improve oxygenation, ventilation and hemodynamic support using an extracorporeal circuit comprised of an oxygenator and a centrifugal pump. This review will focus primarily on ECLS for hypoxemic and hypercapnic respiratory failure and the significant technologic advancements.

Airway Management Part I-III

Airway management is the first step in the resuscitation of critically ill patients. After studying this module, you should be able to make a comprehensive assessment of the airway, identify techniques to deal with the anticipated and unanticipated difficult airway and detail pitfalls in airway management.

COPD and Asthma Part I-V

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is the fourth leading cause of death and a major cause of chronic morbidity and mortality worldwide. This module will review the pathophysiology of stable COPD and stable asthma.

Lung imaging in ARDS Part I-II

This course illustrates the role that lung imaging has played so far to improve the pathophysiological knowledge and the clinical management of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. In particular, for each technique, we will describe technical aspects, their contribution to clinical practice and its limitations.

Respiratory Assessment and Monitoring Part I-II

The examination and monitoring skill set described in this module starts from basic bedside tests and extends to modern invasive monitoring and diagnostic techniques. A critical care doctor must understand the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches and use them to best care for their patients. A large part of this module overlaps by necessity with that on Mechanical Ventilation, and they should be considered together.

Mechanical Ventilation, Part I-VI

This eCourse deals with the physiology underlying ventilatory support, and the basic principles of applying mechanical ventilation in clinical practice. Solid knowledge of the principles of mechanical ventilation and the potential harms associated with its use is of paramount importance for the successful and safe use of ventilators in the ICU.

Browse the Academy to find the content that best suits your needs and keep learning!

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