Webinar Series “Humanising Critical Care”

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

This programme 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 in their clinical practice.


  • 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.
  • Katerina ILIOPOULOU, RN, PhD – Quality Improvement Research in ICU, NHS Lothian Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
  • David MCWILLIAMS PhD, Clinical Academic Physiotherapist and Associate Professor, University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust, Coventry (UK).


  • Elie AZOULAY MD, PhD Director of the Service de Médecine Intensive et Réanimation, Hôpital Saint-Louis, APHP. Université de Paris; President of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, ESICM.
  • Heather BAID RN, PhD, SFHEA, Principal Lecturer, Intensive Care Pathway Leader, School of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Brighton, United Kingdom.
  • John DEVLIN PharmD, BCCCP, MCCM, FCCP, Professor, Department of Pharmacy and Health Systems Sciences, Bouve College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University; Critical Care Pharmacist, Department of Pharmacy and Associate Scientist, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Boston, MA, USA.
  • Cathy MCKENZIE BPharm, PhD, University of Southampton and University Hospital of Southampton, Southampton (UK). ESICM N&AHP committee elected member.
  • 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).
  • Dipak SARKER PhD, Principal Lecturer, School of Applied Sciences, University of Brighton, United Kingdom.
  • Fredrika SUNDBERG CCRN, PhD, Research & Development Centre, Skaraborg Hospital Region Västra Götaland, Götaland, Sweden.
  • Kate TANTAM – Specialist Sister ICU, Rehabilitation Team, Critical Care, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Derriford Hospital Plymouth (UK).
  • Annemoon TIMMERMAN, Clinical Physicist, Directorate of Facility Management, Department of Medical Technology and Clinical Physics, University Medical Center Utrecht,  Netherlands.
  • Markus WEISS, MD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Anaesthesia, University Children’s Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland.
  • 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).

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.

This series of webinars includes a total of 5 sessions by July 2023 followed by two additional webinars in autumn 2023. 

The best-scoring 20 participants in the evaluation of the spring/summer webinars will benefit from a free entry to any of the e-Courses ESICM offers in 2023 or 2024. The deadline to participate in the competition is Sunday, 10 September.

The two additional webinars to be held in September and November will capture and explore current issues in intensive care medicine that are of importance to all intensive care healthcare professionals, but more specifically to intensive care nurses & allied health professionals (N&AHPs). These webinars will cover sustainability in ICUs and the use of syringe pump systems for micro-infusion intravenous drug therapy.

Please note: The additional webinars do not include any evaluation or rewards. 

Wednesday, 13 September 2023, 16.00 – 17:00 CEST
Environmental Sustainability in ICU

Speakers:Heather Baid, Fredrika Sundberg and Dipak Sarker

Moderator: Katerina Iliopoulou

Learning Objectives:

  • To define environmental sustainability in intensive care with links to financial and social co-benefits.
  • To explore a case study about an intensive care unit room designed with sustainability principles.
  • To discuss materials and reflect on circular economy opportunities of intensive care clinical supplies.

Monday, 27 November 2023, 16.00 – 17:00 CET
Syringe pump changeover – a challenging procedure when used for micro-infusion

Speakers: Annemoon Timmerman and Markus Weiss

Moderator: Kalliopi Kydonaki

Learning Objectives:

    • To get an overview of current syringe changeover strategies.
    • To understand factors leading to fluid irregularities associated with syringe changeover.
    • How to reduce fluid irregularities associated with syringe changeover.

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
ICU Diaries: how to keep a diary?

SpeakerPeter Nydahl Moderator: Margo van Mol

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

Speaker: Kate Tantam Moderator: Nikolaos Efstathiou

Learning Objectives:

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

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.

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


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