Mechanical Ventilation – State of the Art

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

Master Class Directors:
Jean-Daniel Chiche
MD, PhD, Full Professor, Critical Care Medicine, Cochin Hospital, Medical Intensive Care Unit, Paris Descartes University, France; Research Director, Department Infection, Immunity & Inflammation, Cochin Institute, Paris, France

Davide Chiumello MD, Director, Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, San Paolo Hospital – ASST Santi Paolo e Carlo, Milan, Italy; Professor, Department of Health Science, University of Milan, Milan, Italy

Claude Guérin MD, PhD, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, Claude Bernard Lyon I University, Lyon, France; Head of the medical Intensive Care Unit, at Croix Rousse Hospital, Hospices Civils, Lyon, France

Conflict of Interest Disclosure of Organising/Scientific Committee & Faculty

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

Over three days, course directors Jean-Daniel Chiche, David Chiumello and Claude Guérin alongside top expert faculty will cover the State of the Art in Mechanical Ventilation in two parts encompassing five practical modules for learning. Hear feedback directly from participants who have taken the course.

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 for developing and research
  • Share your experience and learn from peers and experts


  • To review the respiratory physiology & understand the diaphragmatic function, mechanical power and patient-ventilator asynchrony
  • 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


  • Respiratory physiology: What you really need to know
  • From respiratory physiology to mechanical ventilation


  • Mechanical ventilation for ARDS
  • Delivering mechanical ventilation
  • Caring for the ventilated patient

Who should attend this master class?

  • Junior intensivists seeking for a basic to advanced approach in the mechanical ventilation treatment
  • Senior intensivists wanting a comprehensive refresher course


  • Unrestricted educational grants supported by Draeger, GE Healthcare, Getinge, Hamilton, Medtronic

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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