Mechanical Ventilation – State of the Art

Location: ESICM Brussels Training Centre (19 Rue Belliard – 1040 Brussels)
Dates: September 25 – 26 & October 2, 2020 
Format: e-Master Class

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

Accreditation: Mechanical Ventilation – State of the Art Brussels (live streaming), Belgium, 25/09/2020-02/10/2020 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) for a maximum of 17 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

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

Compliance: The request for compliance with the MedTech Europe Code of Ethical Business Practice will be made.

Fully booked!

Do you want to refresh your knowledge and acquire new skills but also to exchange practices with other clinicians? 
Join us for an engaging educational experience including interactive lectures, clinical case debates, journal club, video analysis, interviews with experts, collaborative group work, and much more. Due to the current uncertain context, the master class has been re-formatted into virtual training, making use of agile virtual environments and responsive innovative solutions. Join us for this new adventure!

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


  • 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 on how to manage the ventilated patients, from haemodynamic monitoring, to sedation and weaning protocols

Programme Content

  • Physiology of Gas Exchange
  • Respiratory Mechanics
  • Mechanical Ventilation in Specific Categories (COPD, ARDS, Obesity)
  • Patient-Ventilator Interaction
  • Lung Recruitment & Setting PEEP
  • Proning
  • ECMO
  • Ventilatory modes
  • Air Opening Pressure
  • Mechanical Ventilation in COVID-19
  • Assessing Respiratory Effort
  • NIV or HFNT for hypoxemic failure
  • Paralysis for severe ARDS
  • When to start assisted mode
  • How to predict successful extubation
  • Complications of Mechanical Ventilation
  • How to Wean My Patient

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 three or more participants registering from the same centre. For group discount do NOT follow the standard registration procedure but contact directly

Master Class Incentive

ESICM rewards your fidelity! If you have attended 5 or more master classes in Brussels during the past two years you can benefit from ONE free registration to any of the future master classes held at the ESICM Training Centre. Contact us here for further details:


Our special thanks to all those who make this e-master class possible. Learn more here

Highlights from the 2019 edition

A new edition of the Mechanical Ventilation – State of the Art 2019 Master Class has just has just wrapped up. A total of 10 experts and 50 participants from 21 countries came together for three days at the ESICM Training Centre in Brussels. Here are some of their comments on what they liked best about their experience:

  • Extraordinary lecturers, interactive approach, our answers always discussed with further info from the experts and relevant supporting studies
  • The experts, the workshops, white board sessions
  • Small groups caffes, but I wish there was more time for each one
  • I will make more use of the oesophageal pressure measurement available and I will discuss more bedside with my colleagues and ventilation practitioners next to the mechanical ventilator
  • This event will influence my practice on use of driving pressure, time of prone positioning, better analysing ventilator curves, different methods of recruitment manouvers, maybe buying oesophageal catheter to measure oesophageal pressure
  • More than one aspects to improve in my practice after this master class:) …Setting PEEP in ARDS but also in COPD patients; Use of driving pressure; More aggressive approach towards the patient recovering from ARDS with high tidal volumes (ie sedation instead of accepting high TV), while using P0,1 more often….

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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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