Respiratory critical care

Programme highlight

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 virtual ERS International Congress programme includes a dedicated respiratory critical care track that has been developed by experts in the field. The track includes a variety of activities for health professionals who are involved in the management of patients in critical care and for researchers with an interest in this disease area.

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Hear from the ERS Respiratory intensive care assembly

We spoke to ERS officers who specialise in respiratory critical care to find out what you can expect from the virtual congress and which programme highlights you should not miss. See what they told us:

Leo Heunks

Leo Heunks – Head

Q: The Congress theme is digital health. Why is this area important for critical care specialists?

A: The ICU is an environment where patients’ vital functions are continuously monitored with sophisticated medical technology. This generates a huge amount of data that clinicians use to guide treatment. However, new technologies, including artificial intelligence, may assist clinicians in taking decisions. The possibilities appear endless, and we are now realising that these technologies may help us to predict severe disturbances in physiology, which allow us to act earlier. Digital health may also help to optimise treatment. Can a new generation of ventilators automatically wean patients from the ventilator without interventions by clinicians? These are very important topics to be discussed in the light of digital health.

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

A: The ERS international conference is like a sweet shop – there are numerous sessions you do not want to miss! Personally, I love the poster sessions – hearing about new developments at the very early stage and being able to discuss preliminary data with younger colleagues from around the globe. I am also looking forward to the state of the art sessions, where experts provide a concise update on clinical relevant topics, and sessions that are a bit outside of my clinical and scientific interest, just to be updated on a topic that I am not so familiar with. I can’t wait to see you all at the ERS International Congress 2021!

Marcus Shultz

Marcus Shultz – Secretary

Q: What do you think will be the popular topics in the respiratory critical care field at this year’s Congress, and what will be a highlight for you?

A: Without a doubt, there are two topics that will receive a lot of attention at the Congress: ‘New developments in mechanical ventilation and ventilator weaning’ (Sunday 5 September, 09:30–11:00 CEST) and ‘Acute respiratory distress syndrome phenotypes: implications for diagnosis and treatment’ (Sunday 5 September, 11:15–12:45 CEST). Both topics are very well composed symposia with excellent speakers.

Maxime Patout

Maxime Patout – Early-career representative

Q: What does Congress offer to early career professionals who specialise in respiratory critical care?

A: The Congress is a unique opportunity for early career professionals to attend state-of-the-art sessions on acute and chronic respiratory failure. Although virtual, the Congress will allow early career to interact easily with leaders in acute and chronic respiratory failure thanks to the new tools that have been developed for this edition.

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