Format: Pre-congress course, LIVES 2023 (Milan, Italy)
Dates: 21-22 October 2023

The ESICM Advanced Course on Critical Care Echocardiography is designed for intensivists who have already completed their basic training in the use of echocardiography in an intensive care setting. This course builds up the fundamental in advanced knowledge and provides an in-depth exploration of the main topics on acute circulatory and respiratory failure, as well as the monitoring under mechanical circulatory support. Led by international experts, the course has significant potential to improve the knowledge of front-line clinicians in the acute management of the severely ill, as well as enhance their professional development.

NOTE: Important information to EDEC participants: This course is mandatory and should be undertaken during the first year of the EDEC Curriculum.


Philippe VIGNON MD PhD Medical-surgical Intensive Care Unit, Dupuytren Teaching Hospital, Limoges, France


  • Nadia AISSAOUI MD PhD, Professor in Medical Intensive Care Unit, Cochin, APHP and Université de Paris, France
  • Jonathan ARON MD, Consultant in intensive care medicine and anaesthesia at St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom
  • Martin BALIK MD PhD, Head of Intensive Care, Dept. of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 1st Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Bernard CHOLLEY MD PhD, Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia, Hôpital Européen Georges-Pompidou, Paris, France
  • Michelle CHEW MD PhD, Professor Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Linköping University Hospital, Linköping, Sweden
  • Daniel DE BACKER MD PhD, Head of Intensive Care and Emergency Departments, CHIREC Hospitals, Belgium, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
  • Ghislaine DOUFLE MD MSc, Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine, University of Toronto & Department of Anesthesia, University Health Network, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Canada
  • Olfa HAMZAOUI MD PhD, Full professor of intensive care, Medical intensive care, Robert Debré Hospital, University Hospital Reims, Reims, France
  • Antoine HERPAIN MD, Department of Intensive Care & Experimental Laboratory of Intensive Care, Erasme University Hospital ULB, Brussels, Belgium
  • Paul MAYO MD FCCP, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Northshore/Long Island Jewish Medical Centers, New York, USA
  • Armand MEKONTSO-DESSAP MD, Head of the Critical Care Unit Medicine, Henri Mondor Hospital, University of Paris East Creteil, France
  • Susanna PRICE MD PhD, Professor of Practice (Cardiology & Intensive Care) at at National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom
  • Filippo SANFILIPPO MD PhD, Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine Institute: Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Policlinico Vittorio Emanuele
  • Michel SLAMA MD PhD, Medical Intensive Care, DRIME department in University Hospital of Amiens, Amiens, France
  • Guido TAVAZZI MD PhD, Intensive Care Unit, Policlinico San Matteo Pavia Fondazione, Pavia, Italy
  • Antoine VIEILLARD-BARON MD PhD, head of the ICU in university hospital Ambroise Paré, Boulogne-Billancourt, France.

  • This interactive course is led by international experts in echocardiography
  • With this course, you can collect 12 of the 40 points of advanced courses to be collected before sitting the evaluation tests for EDEC. Check all the requirements (webinars, EDEC logbook etc.) here.
  • To analyze the potential use of Critical Care Echocardiography (CCE)
  • To appraise the different views of interest using transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)
  • To outline the main parameters of left ventricular (LV) systolic function used on clinical grounds
  • To integrate the main parameters of LV systolic function into clinical practice.
  • To interpret the clinical value of ‘static’ parameters to evaluate fluids requirement
  • To illustrate the prediction of fluid responsiveness using ‘dynamic’ parameters
  • To integrate the parameters of right ventricular (RV) systolic function and the assessment of pulmonary artery pressure
  • To illustrate the use of these parameters in clinical practice.
  • To outline the EDEC Diploma process
  • To evaluate the severity of an aortic valve disease for a non-cardiologist
  • To evaluate the severity of a mitral valve disease for a non-cardiologist
  • To illustrate the steps required for the assessment of patients with infective endocarditis
  • To assess a clinical case illustrating the assessment of fluid responsiveness in an ARDS patient.
  • To analyze the findings associated with pericardial effusion / tamponade
  • To analyze the findings associated with acute aortic dissection
  • To illustrate the main pitfalls and mimickers (normal anatomical structures, artifacts)
  • To appraise a clinical case by illustrating the assessment of RV function in an ARDS patient under protective ventilation.

  • Provides training in a spectrum of echocardiographic techniques and skills (image acquisition, image interpretation and clinical integration) that extend the competencies required for basic critical care echocardiography
  • Relies on qualitative and quantitative assessment of cardiac structure and function, with particular emphasis on haemodynamic monitoring and titration of care in the critically ill
  • Intensivists who have achieved a basic level of education and training in the use of echocardiography in an intensive care setting
  • Specialists who would like to obtain an advanced knowledge and certification of their competency (European Diploma in critical care Echocardiography (EDEC))

The Advanced Course in Intensive Care Echocardiography Course (Milan, Italy, 21/10/2023-22/10/2023) has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) for a maximum of 9 European CME credits (ECMEC®s).

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