End-of-Life Care

Location: ESICM Brussels Training Centre (19 Rue Belliard – 1040 Brussels)
Dates: December 9-10, 2019

Master Class Directors:
Rik GERRITSEN MD, PhD, FCCM, Intensive Care Department, Medical Centre Leeuwarden, The Netherlands; Past Chair Ethics Section, European Society of Intensive Care Medicine
Andrej MICHALSEN, MD, MPH, Consultant, Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, Tettnang Hospital, Tettnang, Germany

Special guest:
Jozef KESECIOGLU, MD, PhD, President of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, Department of Intensive Care Medicine, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Faculty Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form 

Accreditation: The End-of-Life Care, Brussels, Belgium, 09/12/2019-10/12/2019 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 11 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Endorsement: The End-of-Life Care Master Class is endorsed by the Ethics Section of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.

Compliance: The event is compliant with the MedTech Europe Code of Ethical Business Practice.

End-of-Life Care requires specific knowledge and expertise – and probably also a particular temperament.

Join our Master Class and learn how to assess the severity of illness and prognosis, to consider relevant ethical and legal issues, to communicate effectively with patients, relatives and medical staff and minimise their distress, to boost team-work, to make clear decisions in accordance with patients’ wishes and to consider organ donation as part of End-of-Life Care.

This Master Class brings together experts from Belgium, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Key Reasons to attend

  • Debates on current clinical topics in End-of-Life Care
  • Interactive lectures will blend with role-plays, clinical scenarios, and group activities
  • Access to e-learning before and after the course
  • Opportunities to interact and share experiences among participants and with the team of international experts that will be facilitating the Master Class
  • An application has been made to the UEMS EACCME® for CME accreditation of this event


  • To recall the basic ethical principles and understand the ethical and legal issues related to End-of-Life Care
  • To recognise when treatment may be “inappropriate”
  • To value clear communication pertaining to End-of-Life goals and preferences
  • To explain the option of organ donation and factors which may influence attitudes to death and organ donation
  • To discuss End-of-Life decisions with members of the health care team and promote their participation in decision-making
  • To communicate effectively with relatives who may be anxious, angry, confused, or litigious
  • To understand the role of palliative care, to support dying patients and their families and relieve their distress
  • To liaise with organ donor coordinators (in case of consent for organ donation) and follow the procedure from brain or cardiac death diagnosis to procurement

Programme Content

  • Ethical principles and reasoning
  • Ethical climate in ICUs
  • Indication and prognostication
  • Communication in End-of-Life Care
  • Shared Decision-Making
  • The Role of Palliative Care
  • Limitation of Life-Sustaining Treatments
  • Organ Donation in End-of-Life Care

Who should attend this master class?

  • Juniors, nurses and allied healthcare professionals with an ICU background or a special interest in End-of-Life Care
  • Senior intensivists seeking for a refresher training programme in the field

Group registration

  • ESICM offers a 20% discount for two or more participants from the same medical centre. For more details contact directly education@esicm.org

Master Class Incentive

ESICM rewards your fidelity! If you have attended 5 or more master classes in Brussels during the past two years you can benefit from ONE free registration to any of the future master classes held at the ESICM Training Centre. Contact us here for further details: education@esicm.org

Highlights from the 2019 edition

The 1st edition of the End-of-Life Care has just wrapped up. A total of 9 experts and 42 from 18 countries came together for 2 days at the ESICM Training Centre in Brussels. Here are some of their comments on what they liked best:

  • Meeting likeminded colleagues -feel less isolated in thinking. Insight into cultural, religious, country differences and similarities re topic.
  • multinational course
  • Learning from other professionals, good open discussions and debates. Approachability of directors and faculty.
  • All the participants were rather experienced, so the level of the discussions was very high and it was great to meet so many people from different countries and to learn about their different perceptions of ethical issues in the ICU
  • Excellent, experienced, enthusiastic faculty, still humble and open to new thoughts and ideas!
  • The topic is of utmost importance to the field. Finally,- finalement – endlich has the ESICM organised a Masterclass on this topic. Thanks a lot for that.