Mechanical Ventilation – State of the Art

Location: ESICM Brussels Training Centre (19 Rue Belliard – 1040 Brussels)
Dates: June 17-19, 2019

Master Class Director: Leo HEUNKS MD, PhD Professor, Pneumologist-intensivist Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Amsterdam University Medical Centre, VUmc, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Endorsement: The Master Class is endorsed by the Acute Respiratory Failure Section, ESICM.

Compliance: Event compliant with the MedTech Europe Code of Ethical Business Practice.


Do you want to refresh your knowledge and acquire new skills but also to exchange practices with other clinicians? 
Join us in Brussels for an engaging educational experience including knowledge recall sessions, interactive lectures, clinical case studies, hands-on stations, expert led collaborative group work, mind webs as well as sessions of your choice according to subjects of most interest for you.

Key Reasons to attend

  • Meet a high-level faculty
  • Be part of a unique, bench to bedside training experience that blends theory with practice, academic with clinical
  • Improve your daily practice and acquire new perspectives on developing and research
  • Share your experience and learn from peers and experts
  • An application will be made to the UEMS EACCME® for CME accreditation of this event


  • To review the respiratory physiology & understand the patient-ventilator interaction
  • To comprehend and apply the principles of mechanical ventilation in ARDS, COPD & asthma patients
  • To consolidate knowledge & skills on how to manage the ventilated patients, from haemodynamic monitoring, sedation and weaning protocols to tracheostomy

Programme Content

  • Gas exchange
  • Basic and Advanced respiratory mechanics
  • Patient-ventilator interaction
  • Setting PEEP
  • Heart-lung interaction during mechanical ventilation
  • Obstructive lung disease
  • Ventilatory modes
  • Safe ventilation in ARDS, including prone position
  • Difficult weaning
  • Assisted breathing
  • Recruitment manoeuvers, etc.

Who should attend this master class?

  • Junior intensivists seeking a thorough approach in the treatment of mechanically ventilated patients
  • Senior intensivists wanting a comprehensive refresher course

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 5th edition of the Mechanical Ventilation – State of the Art 2018 Master Class was yet another success! A total of 7 experts and 39 participants from 14 countries came together for 3 days at the ESICM Training Centre in Brussels. Here are some of their comments on what they liked best about their experience:

“High standard talks and interaction with experts and colleagues.”
“I think the course provided a broad range of subjects, which eventually covered the entire topic of mechanical ventilation.”
“The faculty were extremely knowledgeable and experienced. It was especially informative when they focused on discussing their current clinical practices, as informed by an intimate knowledge of the evidence base.”
“The proximity with the experts and also being able to consolidate the teaching later on, at our own pace by having the lectures/audio.”
“The lectures, shared experience, clinical scenarios, clinical based discussions”

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