Respiratory critical care

The field of respiratory critical care has progressed considerably in recent years, with important technological advances, improvements in pharmacotherapy and new or improved monitoring systems all supporting the development of the field.

The dedicated work of intensivists has undoubtedly contributed to this continued progress, and the challenges brought about due to COVID-19 highlight more than ever the important work of respiratory intensivists and the key role they play in multidisciplinary teams.

This year’s virtual Congress programme will include a critical care track to ensure there are a variety of sessions and activities on offer for health professionals involved in intensive care medicine. To view all sessions included in this specialist track, you need to access the online programme, click on 'Advanced' and select 'Respiratory critical care' from the ‘Diseases’ options. The programme can also be used to search for keywords, speakers and dates and to build your customised Congress agenda.

Hear from the ERS Respiratory Intensive Care Assembly

We spoke to ERS officers who are actively working in the field to find out what critical care specialists can expect from the virtual Congress and which programme highlights you should not miss. See what they told us:

Professor Leo Heunks, ERS Respiratory Intensive Care Assembly Head

Q: What can professionals specialising in respiratory critical care expect to gain from taking part in this year's Congress?

A: The past few months have been an extraordinary time, especially for those in the frontline of COVID-19. For a lot of us, especially in Europe it has become less stressful, while other parts of the world are still in the middle of the pandemic. We have learned a lot about COVID and numerous studies have been published, some of which appeared too preliminary or even incorrect, and new information appears on a daily basis. The ERS International Congress is a perfect moment for reflection. What do we really know about COVID, what is still a matter of debate and what does optimal care look like? But this is also a time for looking forward. What are the research priorities, and how do we prepare for the next pandemic?

However, besides COVID, this ERS Congress will update you on other developments in respiratory intensive care, including the treatment of acute hypoxemic failure, early mobilisation, severe pneumonia and the role of steroids in ARDS, from the finest colleagues in the field!

Q: Is there a particular session in the critical care programme that should not be missed?

A: This is really a difficult question, it’s like asking me which Feyenoord (my favourite soccer team) game do you not want to miss in the upcoming season, I just must to see them all! But if I really have to answer the question, it will be the Hot topics session on interstitial lung diseases in the intensive care unit. This is really an important topic for pulmonologists and intensivists, and we will have the best experts available to discuss this very challenging topic.

If I may, I also definitely do not want to miss the State-of-the-art session on respiratory intensive care. In just one hour, you are updated on the most important developments in respiratory critical care.

Professor Marcus Schultz, ERS Respiratory Intensive Care Assembly Secretary

Q: What in your opinion will be the popular topics in the critical care field during this year's Congress, and what will be particular highlight for you?

A: Without doubt, the popular topics will all be on COVID-19. The world is faced with an unprecedented pandemic, and most doctors and nurses had to learn about this disease while doing. At this year's Congress, data will be presented from various studies on multiple aspects of this disease, from which we can learn further and understand better how to approach this every day growing problem.

Dr Maxime Patout, ERS Respiratory Intensive Care Assembly early career representative

Q: As an early career professional with a focus on respiratory critical care, why is the upcoming Congress valuable to career development?

A: For early career professionals who are interested in respiratory critical care, the ERS congress is a unique opportunity to meet both clinical and physiological experts in the field of mechanical ventilation.

As our Assembly is also focused on the long-term management of chronic respiratory failure, we are on the frontline to witness how technical advances in the ICU translate into new treatment for the home setting.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, acute respiratory failure has sadly become a very common clinical situation. During the Congress, you will have an important overview on how teams handled the patients, from ICU to follow-up after discharge.

I believe that the amount of knowledge that early careers professional will gather during the virtual congress is outstanding. I am confident that it will improve their clinical practice and stimulates their ideas for future research.

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