Webinar Series “Humanising Critical Care”

Programme Directors

Sabrina EGGMANN MSc, PhD – Clinical Academic Physiotherapist, Department of Physiotherapy, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital (CH). Lecturer, Bern University of Applied Sciences (CH). ESICM N&AHP Committee elected member.

David MCWILLIAMS BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD – Clinical Academic Physiotherapist and Associate Professor, University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust, Coventry (UK).

On behalf of the ESICM Nurses & Allied Healthcare Professionals Committee & Physiotherapy Group

Format: blended learning programme consisting of a series of 5 webinars via Zoom. The link to each of the webinars will be shared at a later stage. 

At the end of each webinar, there will be 5-10 multiple-choice questions to test knowledge. ESICM will offer 20 free entries to LIVES 2023 in Milan to the top-scoring participants. (Note: priority will be given to ESICM N&AHP and pharmacist members).

Humanisation in critical care refers to the approach of treating patients and their families as individuals with unique experiences, emotions, and needs.

This course aims to provide an overview of the importance of humanisation in critical care, and how healthcare professionals can provide evidence-based, person-centred care in their daily practice to improve patient outcomes and experiences.

By the end of this webinar series, participants will have an understanding of the impact of humanisation in critical care and how to transfer person-centred practices into their clinical practice.

Tuesday 14 March 2023, 16.00 – 17:00 CET
Sedation and opioid weaning: why ‘awake and aware’ and its challenges

Speakers: Cathy McKenzie & Kalliopi Kydonaki Moderator: Sabrina Eggmann

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the risks associated with iatrogenic withdrawal syndrome in adult ICU patients and how it can impact patient outcomes.
  • Identify the patients who may be at greatest risk for iatrogenic withdrawal syndrome.
  • Learn about the benefits of sedation and opioid weaning in improving patient outcomes.
  • Develop skills in implementing sedation and opioid weaning protocols in clinical practice using an ICU case scenario to illustrate the process and challenges of managing patients.
  • Appreciate the evidence and challenges involved in implementing light sedation protocols in critical care settings and the potential benefits and risks for patients.

Tuesday 25 April 2023, 16.00 – 17:00 CEST
Early rehabilitation: how to dose early mobilisation?

SpeakerSabrina Eggmann Moderator: Peter Nydahl

Learning Objectives:

  • Comprehend the concept of early rehabilitation in critical care and its impact on patient outcomes and experiences.
  • Understand the principles of dosing and how to determine the appropriate type, intensity, and frequency of interventions.
  • Develop skills in creating and implementing individualized rehabilitation plans for critically ill patients based on their condition and response to treatment.

Wednesday 31 May 2023, 16:00 – 17:00 CEST
Humanising the ICU environment: What matters to patients and loved ones? 

Speaker: Kate Tantam Moderator: Margo van Mol

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of creating a humanized ICU environment that considers the needs and preferences of patients and their loved ones.
  • Develop skills in creating a patient-centred natural ICU environment by incorporating feedback from patients and their loved ones and implementing strategies to improve patient and loved one experiences.

Wednesday, 28 June 2023, 16.00 – 17:00 CEST
ICU Diaries: how to keep a diary?

SpeakerPeter Nydahl Moderator: Nikolaos Efstathiou

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the definition and evidence of ICU diaries.
  • Understand the experiences of patients, families, and staff with ICU diaries.
  • Comprehend potential adaptions and limitations of ICU diaries.

Wednesday 12 July 2023, 16.00 – 17:00 CEST
Swallowing and communication: the way to a patient’s heart? 

Speaker: Sarah Wallace Moderator: David McWilliams

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the nature and aetiology of swallowing and communication difficulties in ICU and their impact on the patient.
  • Understand the red flags for swallowing and communication difficulties.
  • Understand the methods and benefits of early Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) intervention for humanising care.

The webinar series aims:

  • To raise awareness of the importance of humanisation in critical care and how it impacts patient outcomes and experiences.
  • To provide clinicians with evidence-based, patient and family-centred interventions.
  • To enhance compassionate and holistic rehabilitation for critically ill patients.

Intensive care healthcare professionals; specifically Intensive Care Nurses, Allied Health Professionals (N&AHPs) and Pharmacists.

Nikolaos EFSTATHIOU MSc, PGCertEd, PhD, RN – Associate Professor, University of Birmingham, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery (UK); Adjunct Professor University of Ottawa; ESICM N&AHP committee elected member.

Sabrina EGGMANN MSc, PhD – Clinical Academic Physiotherapist, Department of Physiotherapy, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital (CH); Lecturer, Bern University of Applied Sciences (CH). ESICM N&AHP committee elected member.

Kalliopi KYDONAKI FHEA, MSc, PhD, BSc (Hons) – Lecturer in Adult Nursing, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland (UK). Lecturer in Critical care nursing, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (GR); Lead education coordinator at IASO Maternity, Gynaecological and Children’s Hospital, Athens (GR). ESICM N&AHP committee elected member.

Cathy MCKENZIE BPharm, PhD, University of Southampton and University Hospital of Southampton, Southampton (UK). ESICM N&AHP committee elected member

David MCWILLIAMS PhD, Clinical Academic Physiotherapist and Associate Professor, University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust, Coventry (UK).

Peter NYDAHL RN, BScN, MScN, PhD – Nursing Research, Working group Didactics of Nursing and Health Professions, Institute for General Medicine, University Hospital of Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel (DE).

Kate TANTAM – Specialist Sister ICU, Rehabilitation Team, Critical Care, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Derriford Hospital Plymouth (UK).

Margo VAN MOL RN, PhD – Assistant Professor, Erasmus MC, University Medical Center, Department of Intensive Care Adults, Rotterdam (NL). ESICM N&AHP committee elected member.

Sarah WALLACE OBE FRCSLT MPH – Consultant SLT – Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester (UK); Honorary Senior Lecturer – The University of Manchester, Division of Infection Immunity and Respiratory Medicine, Faculty of Biology, Manchester (UK); National Tracheostomy Safety Project (UK).


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