European Perioperative Intensive Care Curriculum

Location: ESICM Brussels Training Centre (19 Rue Belliard – 1040 Brussels)
Dates: April 27-28, 2020

Master Class Directors:
Ib JAMMER MD, PhD, DESA, Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Haukeland University Hospital, Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway; Chair, Perioperative Intensive Care (POIC) Section, ESICM

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

Accreditation of 2019 edition: The European Perioperative Intensive Care Curriculum, Brussels, Belgium, 08/04/2019-09/04/2019 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.

Faculty Conflict of Interest Disclosure

Endorsement: The European Perioperative Intensive Care Curriculum is endorsed by the Perioperative Intensive Care Section, ESICM

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This 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, 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 a blended learning methodology with pre-course online study and face to face practical sessions. Join us in Brussels for an engaging educational experience including peer to peer round table discussions, jigsaw group activities, roleplays, mind webs, hands-on stations and open space sessions dedicated to specific subjects of interest for you.
Key Reasons to attend
  • 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;
  • ZERO frontal lectures with lots of hands-on and simulation based sessions
  • Access to e-learning before and after the course
  • Lots of opportunities to interact and share experiences among participants and with the team of international experts that will be facilitating the master class
  • An application will be made to the UEMS EACCME® for CME accreditation of this event


  • To understand the place of ICU in Perioperative Medicine
  • To review major perioperative complications (cardiac, pulmonary, renal and delirium)
  • To learn how to implement efficiently a perioperative pathway for high risk surgical patients (HRSP)
  • To optimise resources 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

Programme Content

  • Perioperative complications
  • Enhanced care services and resources
  • Perioperative patient flow management
  • How to avoid 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

Who should attend this master class?

  • Junior intensivists
  • Nurses and allied healthcare professionals with a special interest in enhanced care services and perioperative care
  • Senior doctors seeking a refresher training programme in the field

Group registration

  • ESICM offers a 20% discount for three or more participants from the same medical centre. For more details contact directly

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Highlights from the 2019 edition

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 mobilization