Life-Threatening Emergencies in ICU

Simulation Based Training

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

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

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Accreditation: Life-Threatening Emergencies in ICU, Brussels, Belgium, 22/10/2019-23/10/2019 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 13 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Compliance: The event is compliant with the MedTech Europe Code of Ethical Business Practice.

Life-Threatening Emergencies 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

  • Participate in a unique, highly interactive master class with case-based discussions, high fidelity simulation scenarios and hands-on skill stations
  • 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
  • Share your experience and learn from peers and experts
  • An application has been made to the UEMS EACCME® for CME accreditation of this event


  • 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.



Highlights from the 2019 edition

The 2nd edition of the Life-threatening Emergencies in ICU Master Class has just wrapped up. A total of 11 experts and 40 participants from 19 countries came together for two days at the ESICM Training Centre in Brussels. Here are some of their comments on what they liked best about their experience:

“The best part of the course were the practical sessions and simulations. Of course, everything was excellent but I found the simulations and practical scenarios very helpful for my practical skills.”
“The context of the event, which was accurate, as well as the motivating behaviour of the faculty”
“Hands on learning modules, very skilled teachers with lots of experience and evidence-based explanations”
“Would have liked more simulation, although this would have taken far more time.”
“I will try to more routinely use the Stuart approach in acid base disorders”
“Implementing crisis resources principles.”

Highlights from the 2018 edition

The 1st edition of the Life-threatening Emergencies in ICU Master Class has just wrapped up. A total of 13 experts from 6 countries and 37 participants from 15 countries came together for two days at the ESICM Training Centre in Brussels. Here are some of their comments on what they liked best about their experience:

“The faculty – all of the faculty members were very friendly, competent and inspiring.”
“Soft skills, communication, leadership”
“There was no worst aspect, but some extra time to train on the mannequin would be nice.”
“Very relaxed and friendly atmosphere, but everyone very focused and keen on learning and sharing experience with people from different countries and backgrounds. Very approachable faculty and encouragement to networking. Simulator training. Excellent timekeeping.”