Format: Virtual
May 14-15, 2024

Level 1. Foundation Course (introductory) in Haemodynamics will provide you with 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. After registering for the event, ensure you access the pre-course materials available for study in 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).

  • 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.

  • 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. 

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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