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.
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