Foundation course (introductory) in Haemodynamics

Format: Virtual
Dates: 18-19 April, 2023


Nadia AISSAOUI MD, PhD Professor in Medical Intensive Care Unit, Cochin, APHP and Université de Paris, France

Jan BENES MD, PhD Professor of Anesthesiology and Intensive care medicine, Head of Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine University Hospital and Faculty of Medicine in Plzen Charles University, Czech Republic

Endorsement: The course is endorsed by the Cardiovascular Dynamics Section, ESICM.

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

Do you wish to have an introductory view of the field of cardiovascular physiology, with a focus on physiology, fluid therapy fundamentals, basic pharmacotherapy of shock states, clinical indices of shock state and tissue malperfusion, interpretation of arterial pressure, and cardiac output monitoring? Join Level 1. Foundation course (introductory) in Haemodynamics. 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.

You may complement it at a later stage with Level 2. Transition course (application) and further deepen the topic at LIVES 2023 with Level 3. Master (integration and simulation) course in Haemodynamics. 

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, and levels of expertise, with special attention to multidisciplinarity and interprofessionalism. Deadline for LMIC applications: March 19, 2023. 

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Foundation course (introductory) in Haemodynamics, 18/04/2023-19/04/2023 has been granted 10 European CME credits by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®).

  • Learn more about the basic physiology and clinical examination of the cardiovascular dynamics and its application at the bedside through interactive lectures, workshops and video analyses
  • Share knowledge with experts & peers and debate about everyday “hemodynamic” issues encountered in the ICU while handling patients with common pathologies accompanied with cardiovascular instability (such as sepsis, post-operative hemodynamic instability and trauma).
  • Get an overview of current haemodynamic monitoring technologies
  • Understand the determinants of arterial pressure and cardiac output
  • Explain the importance of tissue hypoperfusion and the pathophysiology of shock states
  • Understand and apply the principles of arterial blood pressure monitoring
  • Outline basic concepts of cardiac output monitoring
  • Recognize the clinical symptoms and basic echocardiographic features of shock
  • Understand the fundamentals of fluid and vasoactive therapy
  • Physiology
    • Determinants of arterial pressure
    • Determinants of cardiac output and global oxygen delivery
    • Basic physiology of shock states
    • Tissue oxygenation and the importance of lactate
  • Fluid therapy fundamentals
    • Types of fluids
    • Physiological effects of fluid infusion
    • ROSE concept
  • Basic pharmacotherapy of shock states
    • Norepinephrine
    • Dobutamine
  • Clinical indices of shock state and tissue malperfusion
  • Interpretation of arterial pressure
  • Why and when should one monitor cardiac output – basic considerations
  • Methods of monitoring cardiac output basic concepts
    • Pulse contour analysis
    • Thermodilution
  • ECHO – Basic hemodynamic examination protocol

This Foundation course is particularly suitable for trainees in their first years of training in intensive care medicine. However any practitioner who wishes to refresh the fundamentals of Haemodynamics is welcome. 


Transition Course in Haemodynamics

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Master Course in Haemodynamics

Level 3: Integrate and simulate 

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