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Organising committee
Manu Malbrain, Belgium
Niels Van Regenmortel, Belgium
Dirk Himpe, Belgium
Philippe Jorens, Belgium

Djillali Annane, France
Ingrid Baar, Belgium
Pietro Caironi, Italy
Maurizio Cecconi, Italy
Davide Chiumello, Italy
Inneke De laet, Belgium
Rudi De Paep, Belgium
Jan De Waele, Belgium
Paul Elbers, The Netherlands
Luciano Gattinoni, Italy
Rainer Gatz, Denmark
Robert Hahn, Sweden
Dirk Himpe, Belgium
Can Ince, The Netherlands
Philippe Jorens, Belgium
Daniel Lichtenstein, France
Dileep Lobo, United Kingdom
Manu Malbrain, Belgium
Xavier Monnet, France
David Muckart, South Africa
Monty Mythen, United Kingdom
Azriel Perel, Israel
Anders Perner, Denmark
Jan Poelaert, Belgium
Daniel Reuter, Germany
Michel Slama, France
Niels Van Regenmortel, Belgium
André Vieillard-Baron, France
Jean-Louis Vincent, Belgium
Alexander Wilmer, Belgium
Andrew Wong, United Kingdom

Logistic Support
Ziekenhuis Netwerk Antwerpen
Universitair Ziekenhuis Antwerpen

With the support of

Nursing ICU quiz

News from the Fluid Academy:


 we have moved

  • We are fine-tuning our brand NEW website
  • You can have a sneak preview here (our new website follows the FOAM principles, Free Open Access Medical education with mots of #FOAMed #FOAMcc #FOAMus stuff: powerpoint slides, video presentations, videos, full-text PDF's, photos,...)
  • We are proud to announce that the new website is now an official SMACC affiliated site
  • We will introduce Social Media (in SMACC style) at the next meeting
  • Mark the dates for the 6th IFAD International Fluid Academy Days: November 23-25 in 2017 (at the Hilton Congress Centre in Antwerp, Belgium)


A new edition, an updated concept
After FIVE successful International Fluid Academy days from 2011 to 2015, the 2017 6th edition sees the introduction of an updated meeting concept:

  • Two full days of invited lectures, tutorials, and short courses
  • plenary and parallel sessions
  • Pro/Con debates
  • An two-level ultrasound course with hours of hands-on training
  • Oral presentations of selected abstracts
  • Poster sessions
  • Satellite symposia
  • Nursing session with internationally renowned speakers

We are very excited to offer this expanded range of sessions, packed with state-of-the art science and presented by world renowned experts. Together with an attractive social program, including gala dinner and opening reception, this year's edition promises to deliver the ultimate balance in science and networking opportunities!

Introducing the International Fluid Academy   
A neglected topic for way too long, the interest in fluid therapy seems to be quickly rising as the medical community is making a shift from looking at fluids as a mere method of stabilization towards the appreciation of its relevant side effects.

Many questions remain to be answered indeed:

  • Is the upgrade from saline 0.9% to balanced crystalloids worth the extra cost?
  • Does HES still have a place in the OR or ICU?
  • Do we have to fill the gap left by HES on ICU with crystalloids, other colloids or even albumin?
  • Is it really impossible to avoid fluid overload by using only crystalloids?
  • Is there still a definitive place for human albumin?
  • How do we treat and monitor specific patient populations, like patients with trauma, liver failure, brain edema and  right heart failure among others?
  • How do we avoid a one-size-fits-all regimen in perioperative goal-directed therapy?
  • What with the fluids beyond resuscitation?
  • And what do the authors of the big fluid trials do in real life themselves?

Watch an introductory clip from the 2nd IFAD.


And there's more! Since fluid overload is no longer seen as a cosmetic problem but as hazardous to many of our patients, a real challenge lies in the search for strategies to avoid this complication. Modern hemodynamic monitoring can help the clinician in finding thresholds to start and stop filling patients up. What is the place of the CVP and PCWP? Is there an advantage in the use of volume instead of pressure monitoring? Which technologies do we have available? What is the place of lactate? What is around the corner in non-invasive techniques?

The target audience for this day are all specialists caring for the critical patient: intensivists, anesthaesiologists, emergency physicians, internists, burn care specialists,...

We hope you'll join us on this very inspiring day.

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