Life-Threatening Emergencies in ICU

Simulation Based Training

Location: ESICM Brussels Training Centre (19 Rue Belliard – 1040 Brussels)
Dates: September 11 – 12, 2018

Master Class Director: Dr Frantisek Duska, Associate Professor of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at FNKV University Hospital in Prague; Chair of Clinical Training Committee, ESICM

Accreditation: Life-Threatening Emergencies in ICU, Brussels, Belgium, 11/09/2018-12/09/2018 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 9 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Life-Threatening Emergencies in ICU (formerly called “Crisis Management in ICU”), is a 2-day simulation-based master class, which aims to immerse participants in unexpected time-critical emergency scenarios and help them to gain the necessary technical and non-technical skills to deal successfully with these situations. Participants will have the opportunity to learn by experience and spend 50% of training time in small groups on hands-on stations and simulators. They will benefit from practical demonstrations on difficult airways & difficult-to-ventilate patients, will follow structured assessments of patients in haemorrhagic shock, will plan and manage as a team a major haemorrhage and secure the airway in Breathing/Circulatory-compromised patients.
If you are prepared to experience the worst nightmare of a Friday evening on call in a safe, but realistic environment with high fidelity simulation stations, this Master Class is FOR YOU!

Key Reasons to attend

  • Learn by experience: 50% of course time is spent on hands-on training or with simulators in small groups 4:1
  • Acquire technical and non-technical skills including principles of crisis resource management
  • Interact with a high-level international faculty
  • Participate in a unique, highly interactive master class with case-based discussions, high fidelity simulation scenarios and hands-on skill stations
  • Share your experience and learn from peers and experts


  • To learn how to effectively deal with most common crises on ICU and outside
  • To recognise the pitfalls of human behaviour and decision-making under stress and learn how to deal with them, train metacognition and self-control
  • To practice effective teamwork and communication
  • To improve your manual skills in difficult airways
  • To experience crises with the use of high fidelity simulators and practice technical and non-technical skills

Programme Content

  • Crisis in ICU: Epidemiology & types
  • ABCDE approach to rapidly deteriorating patients
  • Basic principles of Crisis Resource Management
  • Difficult airway theory
  • Management of specific patient cases:
    • Difficult-to-ventilate patient: Applied pathophysiology, step-wise approach
    • Ventilated patient with ARDS and refractory hypoxaemia
    • Patient with shock and hypotension; non responsive to fluids and vasopressors
  • The use of ultrasound in peri arrest patients
  • Advanced non-technical skills in a crisis
  • Extremely-difficult-to-ventilate patient station (hands-on mechanical ventilator setting station)
  • Difficult airway hands-on station
  • Simulation Scenarios: Crisis 1 & Crisis 2

Who should attend this master class?

  • This course is recommended to anyone who wants to gain more confidence at critical situations in ICU from the junior to the more senior clinician in the ICU.

Group registration

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

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