'Over 230 established and emerging international leaders in intensive care and emergency medicine will provide participants with a state-of-the art review of the most recent advances in diagnosis, monitoring, and management of critically ill patients,' Jean-Louis Vincent, Head of the Department of Intensive Care, Erasme Hospital, Free University of Brussels, Belgium, promises the expected 5,000 participants at this year's International Symposium of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (ISICEM)

Photo: THE 27th ISICEM

Among presentations and discussions:
Sepsis: New mediators and potential targets for effective therapies for sepsis patients. Ongoing controversies over various management strategies, e.g. corticosteroid use, tight glucose control, activated protein C.
Monitoring: Less-invasive methods for haemodynamic monitoring. Study results, using various techniques to monitor microcirculation – a possible role in resuscitation and ongoing therapy?

Respiratory failure: Insights into the pathogenesis, monitoring and treatment of patients with ARDS, non-invasive ventilation, and causes and prevention of ventilator-induced lung injury.

Disasters: General principles of major disaster preparation in general, as well as specific approaches to pandemics, natural disasters, and terrorist threats.

ICU management: Important facets affecting ICU management, including admission and discharge criteria, long-term outcomes, the benefits and limitations of medical emergency or outreach teams, and the need (or not) for follow-up clinics.
Details of the four-day meeting:


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