Pre-Congress Courses

Pre-Congress Courses

Registration will be available soon through the online registration form


  • To provide an introduction to Neonatologist Performed Echocardiography, both theoretically (lectures) and practically (hands-on)
  • To discuss the use of NPE for the assessment and management of several causes of neonatal haemodynamic failure


Afif El-Khuffash, Dublin, Ireland
Eirik Nestaas, Oslo, Norway
Mayka Bravo, Madrid, Spain
Aisling Mary Smith, Dublin, Ireland
Elisabeth Kooi, Groningen, The Netherlands
Willem de Boode, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Chairs: Afif El-Khuffash and Willem de Boode


08.30-08.35     Welcome
Willem de Boode

08.35-09.00     Physics of Ultrasound and Artefact Recognition
Eirik Nestaas

09.00-09.30     Routine Echocardiographic Views
Willem de Boode

09.30-10.00     Assessment of PDA
Afif El-Khuffash

10.00-10.30     Coffee Break

10.30-11.00     Assessment of PPHN
Mayka Bravo

11.00-11.30     Assessment of Neonatal Shock
Aisling Smith

11.30-12.00     Organ Flow Assessment
Elisabeth Kooi

12.00-13.00     Lunch Break

13.00-14.30     Hands-on Sessions*

14.30-15.00     Coffee Break

15.00-16.00     Hands-on Sessions*

16.00               Summary and Close
Afif El-Khuffash

*Hands-on Sessions

There will be multiple stations during the hands-on sessions in the afternoon, so echocardiography can be practiced in groups allowing hands-on experience for everyone (both on simulator and volunteers, i.e. healthy children).

Morning session – (Target audience – PhD or post-docs) Forging and leading collaborations to advance science and have impact

Objective: To develop doctoral/post-doc nurse scientists knowledge and understanding of  building and leading interdisciplinary impactful research

Networking lunch for all morning and afternoon attendees

Afternoon session – (Target audience – Pre-docs) Getting started with your research: what, how, and who with?

Morning session

08:00-08:15 – Registration

08:15-08:30 – Welcome and introductions – Joseph Manning, UK

08:30- 09:30 – the value of collaboration: the science; the researcher; and the patient – Joseph Manning, UK

09:30-10:45 – Developing interdisciplinary collaborations: pearls and pitfalls – Lyvonne Tume, UK

10:45- 12:00 – Effectively leading collaborative research: how to be the best? – Jos Latour, UK

11:30- 12:30 – Bringing it all together – Joseph Manning, UK;  Lyvonne Tume, UK; Jos Latour, UK

12:30-13:15 – Networking lunch and registration for afternoon delegates

Afternoon session

Objective: To develop novice nurse researchers knowledge and understanding of developing their research idea into a clear plan

13:15-13:30 – Welcome and introductions – Joseph Manning, UK

13:30-14:30 – What? Finding your focus – from idea to research question – Julie Menzies, UK

14:30-15:30 – How? What approach to adopt –  Jos Latour, UK

15:30-16:30 – Who with? Identifying the team for success – Orsola Gawronski, Italy

16:30-17:00 – Bringing it all together – Julie Menzies, UK; Orsola Gawronski, Italy; Jos Latour, UK; Joseph Manning, UK






Helena Fonseca, Portugal,
Pierre André Michaud, Switzerland

This will be an interactive training session dealing with concrete clinical situations.

By the end of the workshop participants should be able to:

  • Provide comprehensive care to an adolescent with a chronic condition (e.g. eating disorders)
  • Identify an adolescent with a mental health problem and how to respond (including suicidal conduct)
  • Use appropriate communication skills to address the situation of an adolescent with risky sexual behaviour
  • Recognize an adolescent misusing internet/social media, and respond using a systemic approach (e.g. involving the family)

The workshop content and pedagogic approaches are based on the Euteach programme supported by EAP (

ESPNIC respiratory workshop set up to attract intensivists, fellow paediatric intensive care, neonatologists, emergency doctors and paediatricians

08:10 – 08:15 Introduction to the workshop

Introduction and welcome
Speakers; Martí Pons/Robert Blokpoel

08:15 – 09:15 Plenary session 1: Theoretical background

Escalation of respiratory support outside the PICU
Alberto Medina Villanueva

How to prepare for the paediatric and neonatal airway. What to expect.
Gerard Wolff

09:15 – 10:15 Hands-on session 1

Room 1                                                          

Two stations (2×30 min) hands-on ventilators and interfaces; neonatal

Christophe Milési/Wooi Tan

Room 2

Two stations (2x 30 min) hands-on ventilators and interfaces; paediatric

Marcel Tinnevelt/Mireia Garcia Cusco

10:15 – 10:45 Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:15 Hands-on session 2

Room 1

Two stations (2 x 45 min) common neonatal scenarios NIV
Christophe Milési/Daniele de Luca

Room 2

Two stations (2 x 45 min) common paediatric scenarios NIV
Martí Pons/Marcel Tinnevelt/Mireia Garcia Cusco

12:15 – 13:00 Lunch Break

13:00 – 14:00 Plenary session 2: Theoretical Background

Setting the ventilator according to respiratory system mechanics
Peter Rimensberger

How to use the oscillator
Martin Kneyber

14:00 – 15:00 Hands-on session 3

Room 1

2 Stations (2 x 30 min) setting the ventilator in the acute phase using basic tools (ventilator waveforms, PV loops)
Alberto Medina Villanueva/Yolanda López Fernández

Room 2

2 Stations (2 x 30 min) setting the ventilator in the acute phase using advanced tools (formulas, driving pressure, oesophageal pressure, FOT)
Peter Rimensberger/Robert Blokpoel

15:00 – 15:15 Coffee Break 

15:15 – 16:45 Hands-on session 4

Room 1

Recognizing asynchronies in your patient
Alette Koopman

Setting the ventilator in the neonatal patient
Christophe Milési

Room 2

Using EIT to titrate the ventilator
Gerhard Wolf

Setting the oscillator
Martin Kneyber

16:45 – 16:50 Wrap-up and closure

Wrap-up and closure
Martí Pons/Robert Blokpoel