Crisis Management in ICU

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

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


This Master Class is not about organisational management of the unit, rather it is focused on patients and the care team. Most trainees worry about their ability to deal with an unexpected time-critical crisis in the ICU or ED, when they will be left alone in charge of a situation with a patient’s life at stake. This Master Class aims to help candidates to gain the necessary technical and non-technical skills to deal successfully with such a crisis. You will leave this one and a half day course more confident and prepared for the worst. 

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
  • An application has been made to the UEMS EACCME® for CME accreditation of this event

Course Objectives

  • 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 course?

  • 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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