European Perioperative Intensive Care Curriculum


Format: Virtual

Dates: November 29-30, 2022

Master Class Directors:

Aarne FELDHEISER MD, PhD, Consultant Anaesthetist, Department of Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Therapy, Evang. Kliniken Essen-Mitte and Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Charité – Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, Germany; chair of the Anaesthesia & Perioperative Care section, ESICM

Bernardo BOLLEN PINTO MD, PhD, Department of Anaesthesia, Pharmacology and Intensive Care, Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland

Endorsement: The European Perioperative Intensive Care Curriculum is endorsed by the Anaesthesia & Perioperative Care section, ESICM

This e-Master Class focuses on hard and soft skills required to set up an efficient patient flow management, manage the high-risk surgical patient optimally before, during and after surgery, know the factors harming patients perioperatively, identify barriers and propose interventions, handle complications and difficult communication situations.

Long lectures are OUT! Active participation is IN! This master class will employ techniques that encourage maximum learning, participation and knowledge retention through very interactive methodologies. Due to the current uncertain context, the master class has been re-formatted into virtual training, making use of agile virtual environments and responsive innovative solutions. Join us for this new adventure!

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An application will be made to the UEMS EACCME® for CME accreditation of this event.

  • Up-to-date discussion on the hottest clinical topics including perioperative hemodynamic management, myocardial injury and postoperative respiratory complications
  • Sessions focusing on perioperative management that will help you design perioperative pathways for high-risk patients in your own hospital
  • Lots of opportunities to interact and share experiences among participants and with the team of international experts that will be facilitating the master class
  • To know the perioperative pathophysiology and the factors harming the patients and impacting the postoperative recovery
  • To understand the place and responsibilities of Anaesthesia and ICU in Perioperative Medicine
  • To review major perioperative complications (cardiac, pulmonary, renal and delirium) and how to handle them
  • To understand the goals of ICU management handling of perioperative patients
  • To review preoperative screening tools
  • To learn how to implement efficiently a perioperative pathway for high risk surgical patients (HRSP)
  • To optimize resources and have an idea for data management for HRSPs
  • To seize the opportunity to learn to use different devices which best fit the needs of your patients
  • To boost your communication skills in difficult situations
  • Perioperative pathophysiology
  • Preoperative screening and patient assessment tools
  • Postoperative complications
  • Enhanced care services and resources
  • Perioperative patient flow management
  • How to avoid postop re-intubation – decision-making and contact with devices
  • Perioperative fluid therapy and other haemodynamic interventions: strengths & limitations, contact with devices
  • Communication and workplace safety in a multi-professional environment
  • Bleeding and coagulation
  • Everybody interested in the holistic perioperative care thinking
  • Junior intensivists
  • Nurses and allied healthcare professionals with a special interest in enhanced care services and perioperative care
  • Senior doctors seeking a refresher training program in the field

Our special thanks

Highlights of previous edition


Despite the uncertain context, we delivered a second edition of the European Perioperative Intensive Care Curriculum Master Class, this time virtually! A total of 19 experts and 61 participants from 28 countries engaged in interactive activities and case-based discussions.

Here are some of their comments on this innovative educational format:

  • Really enjoyed the exchange of ideas and experiences, with experts and participants from various countries and specialities.
  • These 2 days give food to thoughts about organizing dedicated care, aids to stratify risks and determine the needed level of postoperative intermediate/intensive postoperative care.
  • The online master class made it possible for many of us to participate. It was an amazing experience. The workshop rotations were very nice, made us participate and the exchange of knowledge from different realities was great!


The 1st edition of the European Perioperative Intensive Care Master Class has just wrapped up. A total of 7 experts and 27 participants from 15 countries came together for 2 days at the ESICM Training Centre in Brussels. Here are some of their comments on what they liked best about their experience and their commitment to change back in their clinical practice:

  • An excellent way of delivering a multi-modal, holistic approach to the concept of perioperative medicine and care to the patient
  • I learned to better stratify the risks, the best and quickest perioperative pathways, how to improve my communication with the patients, family and colleagues, implement protocols for different situations and get the whole team together
  • Better perioperative risk stratification, share knowledge with colleagues at home, try and implement better care for our patients
  • Implement frailty score before effective surgery
  • To implement a new fasting regime to change fasting protocol in my hospital
  • Treat post-op delirium with respect
  • Follow up, do patient quality assessments
  • Early mobilisation