Pre-Congress Courses

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Friday 27 May 2016

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    Pre-registration is required and attendance is limited to 100 participants.

    The use of ultrasound in ICU and anaesthesia is rapidly expanding. Numerous papers have demonstrated its incremental value as a non-invasive monitoring tool, as a unique diagnostic window to the cardiovascular system, the lungs and the abdomen, and as a guide to intravascular access. Its application to the critically ill and surgical patient extends beyond the traditional use of echo in radiology or cardiology. Whole-body ultrasound provides information that is complementary to a physical exam in guiding immediate patient management. It has the great advantage of being non-invasive, safe for the environment, and directly available at the bedside.

    However, using ultrasound in decision-making processes in the critically ill patient requires qualification. A basic understanding of physics, probe handling, machine settings etc. and knowledge of the limitations of this technique are a prerequisite. The basic use of ultrasound in this setting should focus on the unique pathophysiology and needs of the critically ill (anaesthesia, critical care and emergency medicine). A specific number of vital complications, haemodynamic derangements and typical differential diagnoses can be addressed based on image and pattern recognition.

    The objective of this pre-congress course is to demonstrate how ultrasound can assist in optimising patient management within the setting of anaesthesia and critical care. All theory is provided according to the unique USabcd online interactive e-learning concept including pre-test, learning modules and post-test. The e-learning must be completed prior to the workshop to achieve the full learning outcome. The focus of the workshop is on hands-on training providing plenty of opportunity for participants to practice vascular access techniques, echocardiography, and lung as well as abdominal echo examination on fully equipped echocardiography stations, phantoms and echo-simulators.

    The “Ultrasound use in critical care and anaesthesia” pre-congress course is organised by the ESA Scientific Subcommittee on cardiothoracic and vascular anaesthesia, the ESA Scientific Subcommittee on intensive care medicine, and the Society of Ultrasound in Anaesthesia (SUA). The faculty includes experts from all over Europe.

  • Pre-registration is required and attendance is limited to 64 participants.

    Attendees will receive PBLDs cases at least one month before the course to get prepared on the topics to be discussed.

    New improvements in surgical techniques and life-supporting methods have increased the number of survivors following complex surgical procedures. At the same time, refined diagnostic techniques have shown evidence of neurologic sequelae in those survivors suggesting that this damage might occur during or immediately after the surgical procedure. The potential mechanisms of such brain injuries during surgical anaesthesia relates primarily to interaction of vascular anatomic factors and the intrinsic vulnerability of the central nervous system in the human brain to hypoxia, ischemia and metabolic derangements.

    This joint pre-congress course has the aim to revise the basics of neuromonitoring (electroencephalogram (EEG) and computer-processed quantitative EEG analysis, evoked potentials, trans-cranial Doppler sonography, near-infrared spectroscopy) that could be helpful to the general anaesthetist or the young trainee in understanding some of the neurophysiology ruling out the physiology of the anaesthesia state and the pathophysiology during surgical procedures.

    The main goal is to provide an evidence-based approach to the different methodologies available for consciousness monitoring and to available general anaesthesia and sedation techniques.
    The first part of the course will be theoretical with the participation of some internationally renowned experts in the field of neurosciences. The second part will be organized in roundtables where the experts will discuss together with attendees some cases according a problem-based learned discussion in order to find the correct interpretation of the monitoring and different options to deliver anaesthesia safely avoiding potential risks of anaesthesia over treating.

    The course will offer:

    • a complete review the theoretical and practical aspects of assessing the brain during surgical anaesthesia
    • an overview of the different tools currently used for intraoperative neurological monitoring
    • a practical point of view of such techniques in the context of surgical anaesthesia
    • an opportunity to share experiences with peer-reviewed experts and to introduce new technique of neuromonitoring in each facility.

    This pre-congress course is organised by the ESA scientific subcommittee on general anaesthesia and the ESA scientific subcommittee on neuroanaesthesia.

  • Pre-registration is required and attendance is limited to 48 participants.

    This ESA Pediatric Vascular Access Course is designed for anyone is involved in vascular access in children and neonates. The course will teach physicians, nurses and healthcare professionals how to use ultrasound to improve success rates and patient care when placing arterial lines and venous lines (i.e.: central, peripheral, and peripherally inserted central venous catheters). Tutors will cover the basics of ultrasound and line placement with ultrasound, with specific focus on pediatric anatomy, dedicated devices and procedures for children. Areas covered will include jugular, brachio-cephalic, axillary, femoral, subclavian venous access and arm vein access. The afternoon will be dedicated to hands-on practice: placement of lines in different types of phantoms as well as identification of vascular anatomy and landmarks in human volunteers.

    Upon completion of the Vascular Access Course, participants will be able to:

    1) Demonstrate the ability to properly operate an ultrasound machine and make adjustments to obtain adequate image quality.

    2)  Acquire ultrasound images for examination of the vascular structures in the neck and limbs for the purpose of placing intravascular catheters.

    3) Use ultrasound to facilitate the intravascular placement of catheters.

    4) Acquire the decision-making process for the correct choice of device and procedure for neonates and children.

    Participants should not exceed 48, so that workstation may be didactically effective (12 trainees for each 60’ workstation).

    This pre-congress course is organised by the ESA Scientific Subcommittee on Paediatric Anaesthesia.

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    Pre-registration is required and attendance is limited to 150 participants.

    Spinal sonography is an essential tool to enhance patient care in perioperative care. This offers a promising technical advancement as it delineates the spine anatomy and improves the understanding of morphology. Spinal sonography is challenging as the spine/bones protect the spinal cord and nerve roots. These bones are not only impermeable to the ultrasound but also cause loads of scattering and acoustic shadows.

    The course on spinal sonography is aimed at anaesthetists and pain physicians who want to access the advantages offered by the ultrasound to make a positive difference to their practice in order to enhance patient care. There will be lecture-demonstrations, panel discussions and hands-on workshops. A special feature of this course will be demonstration and hands on experience of spine injection techniques first time using loughborough phantoms. The speakers are planning to demonstrate on live models (volunteers) a few scanning techniques that will eventually help you identify the sono-anatomy, and improve the success rate of your blocks, be they for acute or chronic pain management.

    This event is designed for the anaesthesia, intensive care and chronic pain management consultants, specialty doctors and trainees.

    The spinal sonography course is organised by the Society of Ultraosund Anaesthethic (SUA).

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    Pre-registration is required and attendance is limited to 75 participants

    Learn about how errors evolve in medicine, what the root-causes are and how patient safety can be improved on a systematic level! The EPSC 2016 has been revised to be more interactive and practical – it runs along clinical cases with critical incidents.

    The EPSC reflects the initiative of the ESA to help to increase patient safety. In connection with Euroanaesthesia 2016, a pre-congress course will be offered by the ESA and its Committee on Patient Safety in collaboration with the international faculty and endorsed by the new European Patient Safety Foundation. The Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology1 was a landmark publication and consensus in Europe. The EPSC covers many aspects of the Declaration and gives examples of the state-of-the-art in patient safety.

    The 8-hour European Patient Safety Course provides a very intensive insight into the general topics of patient safety as endorsed by the ESA and EBA (UEMS) in the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology1. International experts will give an overview of why things go wrong, what works in practice to reduce errors and enhances the safety culture to make patient care safer and health care professionals more satisfied.

    The EPSC 2016 has been slightly updated to the previous courses. It is more interactive and the topics are arranged around clinical cases: From prevention to crisis management and the aftermath of an accident including improving systems safety.

    The course is intended for all physicians and nurses in anaesthesiology and intensive care medicine as an overview and perhaps as a primer to start working systematically on patient safety and to start achieving the goals of the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology1.

    The course also gives the unique opportunity to exchange and network with colleagues from all over Europe and around the world.

    The “Patient Safety Starter Kit”, provided at Euroanaesthesia 2013 (downloadable via can serve as a good preparation for the EPSC.

    Initiated by: Marcus Rall (EPSC Course Director)
    Planned by: Members of the actual and former ESA Patient Safety Committee, chaired by Johannes Wacker

    1 Mellin-Olsen, Jannicke; Staender, Sven; Whitaker, David K; Smith, Andrew F. European Journal of Anaesthesiology. 27(7):592-597, July 2010.
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    Pre-registration is required and attendance is limited to 72 participants

    Airway management is a core competence in anaesthesia, intensive care and emergency medicine. Routine airway management in anaesthetic practice has a high success rate. However, when things do go wrong the consequences are potentially catastrophic. Despite recent developments in the field of airway management, e.g. implementation of airway guidelines and introduction of numerous new devices, airway problems still account for a significant percentage of all anaesthesia-related deaths.

    This course is designed to provide participants with a clear overview of the available equipment, a structured approach to manage the difficult airway, and state-of-the-art information and hands-on experience on a wide range of established and novel airway techniques. There will also be explicit attention for paediatric airway management. The course is intended for all grades of anaesthesiologists who wish to acquire, refresh or update their skills.

    The course will offer the participants:

    • small-group, custom-made training in advanced airway management
    • a structured approach to manage a difficult airway or an airway emergency in an adult or paediatric patient
    • a clear overview of the available techniques with their specific indications and drawbacks
    • a hands-on training in routine techniques and a variety of promising new devices
    • an opportunity to share ideas and experiences with internationally renowned experts in airway management
    • simulated airway scenarios to practice skills and strategies for the management of airway emergencies

    The “Current concepts in airway management” pre-congress course is organised by the ESA Scientific Subcommittee on Airway Management, in collaboration with the European Airway Management Society (EAMS).

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    Pre-registration is required and attendance is limited to 180 participants.

    • This meeting traditionally is focused on scientific and technical advances in intravenous pharmacology, drug delivery and monitoring. We will present innovative and challenging topics and discuss them in a critical appraisal allowing debate and controversy.
    • In recent years, new drugs and formulations have undergone testing in clinical trials. To see whether they will be challengers to our present anaesthetic drug variety they will be discussed in reviewing recent publications.
    • There is an increasing desire that integrating different brain function signal that represent individual neural mechanisms will be complementary to qualify and scale the anaesthetic state. An overview of recent developments in composite monitoring.
    • NAP5 highlighted some issues how TIVA is performed in real life and may be related to accidental awareness. Most findings could be attributed to the lack of training. These issues will be discussed and practical solutions will be presented and discussed to promote safe and effective practice of TIVA as summarized in the EuroSIVA practice guidelines.
    • Despite CE marked by manufacturing authorities, most TCI pumps show some shortcomings in implementing pharmacokinetic models that directly affect safety and performance. Examples of artifacts and suggestions to improve them are discussed.
    • Finally, EuroSIVA has invited key experts and opinion leaders to discuss the future of TCI. Unified models, improved pump safety and a strategy for new generation TCI will be amongst the topics in the panel. This session will be recorded and edited for future publication as proceedings.

    Note:EuroSIVA members who would like to attend the EuroSIVA 18th Annual Scientific Meeting only, please contact

  • Pre-registration is required and attendance is limited to 12 participants

    Intensive teaching by and exchange of experience with Paolo Pelosi (Genoa, Italy)

    Patient-ventilator asynchrony can delay the weaning from mechanical ventilation and even increase mortality. In this postgraduate course, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from one of the most renowned experts in mechanical ventilation how to improve the patient-ventilator synchrony by discussing clinical cases. Sedation regimens, modes of ventilation, and particular ventilator settings will be thoroughly discussed. The number of attendees is limited in order to allow deep discussions and increase the learning effect.

    The “Postgraduate Course in Respiration” is organised by the ESA Scientific Subcommittee on Respiration and Airway Management.

  • Pre-registration is required and attendance is limited to 12 participants.

    Intensive teaching by and exchange of experience with Edmond Cohen (New York, United States)

    Thoracic anesthesia represents a major challenge for anesthetists, requiring appropriate choice of the lung separation device, and anesthesia regimen, as well as practical skills and thorough knowledge of the physiology and pathophysiology of one-lung ventilation. This course will enable attendees to learn how to deal with difficult cases, as taught by one of the most renowned experts in the field. The number of attendees is limited in order to allow deep discussions and increase the learning effect.

    The “Postgraduate Course in Respiration” is organised by the ESA Scientific Subcommittee on Respiration and Airway Management

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    Pre-registration is required and attendance is limited to 24 participants

    The European Trauma Course (ETC) is a joint venture of the European Society of Anaesthesiology, the European Society for Trauma and Emergency Surgery, the European Society for Emergency Medicine and the European Resuscitation Council.

    The ETC is an innovative 2.5-days Life Support Course for doctors and non-medical health care professionals that are involved in acute care of major trauma patients side by side.

    ETC provides simulation based state-of-the-art trauma training with a strong focus on team work and non-technical skills.

    The ETC is a hands on course and candidates spend 85% of their time working practically in scenario based workshops.

    Candidates are trained in small groups resembling trauma teams working in a shock room environment.

    The modules cover all major aspects of trauma resuscitation. Two lectures and one patient demonstration complete the course and keep didactic teaching to a minimum.

    The course will be held at the Simulation Centre of St.Georges Hospital in London commencing on May 25th until May 27th. The course fees are £ 750.

    The ETC is recognised for CPD with the

    – UKs Royal College of Anaesthetists for 13 CPD hours and with the

    – UK’s Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for 13 CPD hours

    For general information on the ETC please check the ETC website.

    To book a place please contact the course Organiser Philippa Newman.


  • Pre-registration is required and attendance is limited to 48 participants for each course

    ‘Regional Anaesthesia on Cadavers’ is organised by the ESA Scientific Subcommittee on Regional Anaesthesia in cooperation with the Department of Anatomy SGUL and Anaesthetic Department of St George’s University  Hospitals, London.


    The objective is to demonstrate on cadavers the anatomy relevant to neuraxial and peripheral nerve blocks. Workstations will include anatomy of the head and neck, trunk, spine, upper and lower limbs. In addition, participants will have the unique opportunity to perform ultrasound guided needle insertions in soft cadavers.


    Working station 1: Head/Neck

    Working station 2: Upper Limb

    Working station 3: Abdominal Wall/Trunk

    Working station 4: Lower Limb

    Working station 5: Spine       

    Working station 6: Soft cadaver needling


  • Pre-registration is required and attendance is limited to 80 participants

    This course will provide the practitioner with the practical tools to manage and provide initial treatment to intensive care patients.

    Participants will gain knowledge of the common concepts underlying intensive care medicine, will learn basic cardiovascular and respiratory physiology and understand how to assess the function of these systems.

    Participants will also learn what clinical tools are available to the practicing intensivist and how they may be used.

    At the end of the course some time will be dedicated to management of some of the more common disease states seen in intensive care, using both the knowledge base and the tools taught during the course.

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