Foundation course (introductory) in Acute Respiratory Failure and Mechanical Ventilation

Format: Virtual
Dates: 23-24 February 2023


Luigi CAMPOROTA MD PhD FRCP FFICM Consultant Intensivist at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Oriol ROCA MD PhD Director of Critical Care, Parc Taulí Hospital Universitari, Sabadell, Spain

Endorsement: The course is endorsed by the Acute Respiratory Failure Section, ESICM.

The novelty for 2023 is the progressive approach for better integration of what is being learnt in Acute Respiratory Failure & Mechanical Ventilation, offering our participants the possibility to choose based on their needs, skill and aims. 

Shall you wish to review the concepts of mandatory ventilation, understand equation of motion, learn the principles of assisted ventilation, assess spontaneous ventilation, join us in this Level 1. Foundation course (introductory). You may complement it at a later stage with Level 2. The Transition course (application) and further deepen on the topic at LIVES 2023 with Level 3. The Master (integration and simulation) course.

After registering for the event, ensure you access the pre-course materials available for study in the dedicated online classroom on the ESICM Academy. Please note that ONLY registered participants can access the dedicated classroom.

IMPORTANT! A total of 10 places will be offered for FREE to participants coming from Low and Lower Middle Income Countries (LMIC), as per the World Bank classification. If you are interested to apply for an LMIC place, send us your letter of interest and CV to Applicants will be selected based on gender equity, equitable geographical representation, levels of expertise, with special attention to multidisciplinarity and interprofessionalism. Deadline for LMIC applications: January 22, 2023. 

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An application has been made to the UEMS EACCME® for CME accreditation of this event.

  • Understanding the fundamental principles of mechanical ventilation will allow you to safely apply Mechanical Ventilation in clinical practice
  • Meet a high-level faculty
  • Be part of a unique, bench to bedside training experience that blends theory with practice, academic with clinical
  • Improve your daily practice and acquire new perspectives on developing and research

  • To review the fundamentals of the physiology of gas exchange and respiratory mechanics
  • To understand the principles of the basic modes of mechanical ventilation
  • To learn the basic principles of assessing lung mechanics
  • To discuss the main aspects of the process of weaning from mechanical ventilation
  • Fundamentals of physiology gas exchange and respiratory mechanics (equation of motion, dynamic and static compliance, elastance, plateau pressure, driving pressure, resistance, and their measurements, lung volumes and Pressure -Volume curves)
  • Concepts of basic modes of mechanical ventilation (mandatory/controlled; Assist/control; Assisted; spontaneous ventilation).
  • Volume-controlled modes and pressure-controlled modes (excluding APRV)
  • Concept of “stress-relaxation” and P0, P1, P2 on pressure waveforms
  • Concept of scalars (pressure-time and flow-time curves) vs loops
  • Assessment of lung mechanics, identification of small airway closure and recruitability concepts
  • Fundamentals of prone position
  • Respiratory drive, inspiratory effort, work of breathing and dyspnoea
  • Assessment of readiness to wean and spontaneous breathing trials
  • Use of NIV and HFNC post-extubation (selecting interface, settings and patient selection)

  • Junior intensivists seeking a thorough approach to Acute Respiratory Failure & Mechanical Ventilation: monitoring and managament
  • Any practitioner who wishes to review the foundamentals of this topic

Transition Course in ARF and Mechanical Ventilation

Level 2: apply what you learned

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Master Course in ARF and Mechanical Ventilation

Level 3: integrate and simulate 

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