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Paediatric noninvasive ventilation

Organisers : Brigitte Fauroux, Alessandro Amaddeo, Stijn Verhulst
Faculty : Renato Cutrera, Uros Krivec, Hélène Prigent, Sonia Khirani, Annick Frapin
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This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the major aspects of paediatric noninvasive ventilation. It will especially focus on practical training of physicians dealing with children with upper airway obstructions that can lead to severe obstructive sleep apnoea (OSAS), neuromuscular and lung diseases that require continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or noninvasive ventilation (NIV). Through practical interactive cases, participants will learn how to manage individual patients and understand which equipment (interfaces and devices) should be used for each child.

This course has been granted 19 CME credits by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME). The number of credits that you will receive corresponds to your attendance during the course. Please note that you need to sign the register of attendance each day to ensure that you receive the CME credits.

Educational aims

Following this course, participants will understand

  • The indications, benefits, limits and side effects of CPAP and NIV for children with OSAS, neuromuscular and lung diseases
  • How to initiate, monitor and withdraw CPAP and NIV in children
  • The different CPAP and NIV modes, as well as the different interfaces available for children, including their advantages and limits
  • Practical aspects of cough-assisted techniques in children with neuromuscular disease, as well as swallowing and speech problems
  • Alternatives of CPAP such as high flow nasal cannula
  • The usefulness of CPAP and NIV in simple, basic but also complex clinical cases or conditions such as palliative care


  • CPAP in children with OSAS
  • High flow nasal cannula as an alternative for CPAP in children with OSAS
  • NIV and cough-assisted techniques in children with neuromuscular diseases
  • NIV as an aid for speech and swallowing in children with neuromuscular diseases
  • NIV in children with lung diseases (cystic fibrosis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia)
  • CPAP devices and interfaces for children with OSAS
  • NIV devices and interfaces for children
  • Monitoring of children treated with CPAP or NIV
  • NIV transition from the intensive care unit to the home
  • NIV and CPAP in infants <2 years of age

Target audience

  • Clinicians (paediatricians, intensive care doctors, pulmonologists)
  • Respiratory therapists

The course can be attended by clinicians or respiratory therapists having no or very limited experience in CPAP/NIV as well as experienced physicians. Some of the workshops are organised in to “basic” and “advanced” levels so that the attendees will receive optimal benefits from the course based on their personal expertise and experience with CPAP and NIV.


  • Lectures
  • Interactive workshops and hands-on training
  • Plenary session with general discussion
  • Case studies

A limited number of bursaries are available which provide either full financial support to attend the course or cover the cost of the registration fee. To be eligible to apply you must be:

Please note that only one bursary can be allocated per person per calendar year.

Selection from the pool of applicants will be made by the organising committee based on the submission of:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • A one-page personal statement explaining how you would apply the knowledge gained from this course.
  • Bursaries application deadline:30 June, 2017
  • Notification of selection results:17 July, 2017