Hot Topics on Infections in the Critically Ill Patient, ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course

31 May - 01 June 2013 , Athens, Greece

Attention: Place of the course has been changed from Nafplio to Athens!
  • ESCMID Study Group for Infections in Critically Ill Patients (ESGCIP)
  • Hellenic Society of Chemotherapy
Course Coordinators
  • Matteo Bassetti, Udine, Italy
  • Helen Giamarellou, Athens, Greece
  • Garyphallia Poulakou, Athens, Greece
  • Jordi Rello, Barcelona, Spain
Course Objectives

The course will present hot topics for physicians treating critically ill patients. The content will be organised roughly as hot topics in prevention, PK/PDs, treatment and developments on sepsis.

Attention: Course venue has changed!

New Course Venue

National School of Public Health
Alexandras Avenue 196
11521 Athens, Greece

Target Audience

40 – 80 infectious disease physicians, intensivists, pulmonologists, clinical microbiologists and critical care nurses.

Contact Person

Dr Garyphallia Poulakou
Attikon University General Hospital
1 Rimini st
Athens, Greece

Phone +30 21058 31990

Administrative Secretariat

Imagine Congress and Travel
9 Kolokotroni st 10562
Athens, Greece

Phone +30 21032 52520
Fax +30 21032 52530

Ms Vana Antonopoulou

Ms Christina Luthi

Course Programme

Presentations are availabe in the ESCMID Online Lecture Library.

Friday, 31 May 2013

  • Welcome – Opening remarks

Prevention strategies for critically ill patients

  • Surveillance cultures for vulnerable populations: lessons from the MOSAR study
  • The role of SDD: when and how?
  • Infection control for neutropenic patients
  • Prevention of catheter-related BSIs: is zero rate feasible?
  • Coffee break

Hot topics on critically ill patients

  • Innovation and research in VAP and tracheobronchitis: what does the future hold?
  • Linezolid or vancomycin in the treatment of MRSA pneumonia: still existing dilemmas?
  • Pre-emptive vs. empirical approach in Candida infections
  • Lunch

PK/PD issues for the treatment of critically ill patients

  • Basic concepts of PK/PD and pharmacokinetic variations in the critically ill patient
  • Novel PK/PD data on the optimisation of colistin and carbapenems

Challenging infections in the ICU

  • Clostridium difficile: battling the new enemy
  • The real impact of aspergillosis in nonhaematological patients
  • Coffee break
  • An appraisal of the usefulness of guidelines in the management of severe infections

Interactive cases

  • Approaching intra-abdominal sepsis
  • CNS infections in neurosurgical patients
  • Closing remarks of the first day

Saturday, 1 June 2013

How to improve the therapeutic approach for the critically ill patient

  • Combination or monotherapy in infectionsby MDR pathogens?
  • The immunocompromised critically ill patient with MDR infection
  • The revival of old antibiotics in the treatment of MDR infections
  • A short overview of the drug development pipeline
  • Coffee break

The strategic therapeutic approaches in themanagement of infections in critically ill patients

  • Any room for de-escalation strategies? When and how?
  • Any room for shortening of treatment duration? Current evidence
  • Antibiotic stewardship in ICU
  • Interactive case (to be announced)
  • Lunch

Approaching sepsis for the critically ill patient in 2012

  • The severely ill patient: what “modern management” imposes after the failure of most trials on immunointervention?
  • Molecular footprinting of the invading microorganism
  • Molecular footprinting of the host: is it achievable?
  • I believe only in suPAR
  • Closing remarks
Invited Faculty Members
  • M. Akova, Ankara, Turkey
  • A. Antoniadou, Athens, Greece
  • A. Armaganidis, Athens, Greece
  • M. Bassetti, Udine, Italy
  • M. Bauer, Jena, Germany
  • J. Chastre, Paris, France
  • G. L. Daikos, Athens, Greece
  • G. Dimopoulos, Athens, Greece
  • E. J. Giamarellos-Bourboulis, Athens, Greece
  • H. Giamarellou, Athens, Greece
  • I. Karaiskos, Athens, Greece
  • J. Kesecioglu, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • P. Montravers, Paris, France
  • J. Paiva, Porto, Portugal
  • F. Pea, Udine, Italy
  • D. Plachouras, Athens, Greece
  • G. Poulakou, Athens, Greece
  • J. Rello, Barcelona, Spain
  • J. Rodríguez-Baño, Seville, Spain
  • J. F. Timsit, Grenoble, France
  • D. Vogelaers, Gent, Belgium