Format: Virtual
April 9-10, 2024

Level 1. Foundation Course (introductory) in Acute Respiratory Failure & Mechanical Ventilation reviews the concepts of mandatory ventilation, equation of motion, the principles of assisted ventilation, spontaneous ventilation. After registering for the event, ensure you access the dedicated online classroom on the ESICM Academy.

Continue your learning journey with the Level 2. Transition Course (application) and further deepen on the topic at LIVES 2024 with Level 3. The Advanced Master Course (integration and simulation).

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

  • 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

IMPORTANT! A total of 10 places will be offered for FREE to participants coming from Low and 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 from LMIC may be selected for a maximum of 3 ESICM eCourses for FREE every year. Applicants who have participated in 1 eCourse as a free LMIC applicant need to have an active ESICM membership for the current year before applying again. 

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

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