Sepsis and Major Infections

Location: ESICM Brussels Training Centre (19 Rue Belliard – 1040 Brussels)

Dates: May 7- 8, 2019

Master Class Directors: 

Ricard FERRER MD, PhD, Head of Intensive Care Department / SODIR Research group-VHIR, University Hospital Vall d’Hebron; Associate Professor University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain; Chair of Systemic Inflammation and Sepsis (SIS) Section, ESICM

Pedro PÓVOA MD, PhD, Coordinator of the Polyvalent Intensive Care Unit, Hospital de São Francisco Xavier, CHLO, Lisbon, Associate Professor NOVA Medical School, CEDOC, New University of Lisbon, Portugal, Adjunct Professor, Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Research Unit of Clinical Epidemiology, OUH Odense University Hospital, Denmark; Chair of Infection (INF) Section, ESICM

Endorsement:  The Master Class is endorsed by the Infection (INF) Section and the Systemic Inflammation and Sepsis (SIS) Section, ESICM.

Save the Date! Registration opens in January 2019!

Sepsis and Major Infections is a 2-day master class blending techniques that encourage maximum learning. Special attention is given to interactive activities, case-based discussions, workshops and problem-oriented approach. Pre-course materials will be available for study such as online modules, recorded webinars and webcasts.

Key Reasons to attend

  • Meet top experts on sepsis and infections
  • Improve your competences in the field and enjoy new learning formats impacting your knowldege, skills, motivation and attitude in the ICU setting
  • Exchange best practice and network with peers and experts from all over Europe and beyond
  • An application will be made to the UEMS EACCME® for CME accreditation of this event


  • To review the current knowledge on the epidemiology and pathophysiology of infections and sepsis
  • To reinforce participants’ knowledge on recognition, source identification and initial treatment (antibiotics, organ support and fluid therapy)
  • To manage correctly the (frequent and less frequent) infections in the ICU setting
  • To employ the antibiotic stewardship: PKPD of antibiotics, biomarkers, duration and de-escalation of antibiotic therapy as well as preventive strategies.
  • To diagnose and manage septic shock
  • To understand the role of adjuvant therapies (safety, tolerability and impact)

Programme Content

  • Epidemiology
  • Recognition and Source Identification
  • Initial Treatment and Bundles
  • Major Infections (lung, abdominal, urinary tract)
  • Other infections (meningitis, endocarditis, skin infections)
  • Antibiotic Stewardship from empirical to directed therapy
  • Septic Shock
  • Adjuvant Therapies

Group registration

  • ESICM offers 20% discount for 2 or more participants registering from the same centre. For more details contact

Highlights from the 2018 edition

The first edition of the Fundamentals & Updates in Sepsis Master Class was a resounding success! Participants from 10 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:

“Group discussions and case reports”
“Possibility to interact with experts”
“Being able to question the opinion leaders on this subject”
“The possibility of receiving lessons from European experts and meeting intensivists from all around Europe”
“The method to deliver high-level scientific presentations”
“The quality of the speakers and the attempt to make the event as interactive as possible”

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