We are very pleased to announce the Sixth International Fluid Academy Days, which will take place on November 23-25th 2017 at the Hilton Hotel in Antwerp, Belgium.

The aim of this sixth edition is again to review recent advances in fluid management, and hemodynamic and organ function monitoring in the critical care setting in a comprehensive manner for intensivists, anaesthesiologists and emergency physicians as well as interested internists and surgeons. However the meeting will deal with any broad topic related to critical care. As always it is also a great way to promote professional interaction between faculty members, participants and delegates of the industry.

iFAD is an innovative Critical Care Educational meeting. This conference provides the highest quality of Critical Care education and is guaranteed to innovate and inspire. The iFAD Faculty is the most provocative, engaging, motivating and inspiring group of international educational speakers and as organizing committee we want to ensure we have the sponsors to match. Together, we make iFAD stand apart from other Critical Care conferences.

iFAD Pre-Conference workshops

In addition to the two-day program, iFAD provides preconference workshops to over 100 delegates!

  • The 4th CACU Course on Ultrasound in Acute Care will consist of a “Beginners Course” and an “Advanced Course” with keynote speakers. Last year’s third CACU was a big success. All participants appreciated the practical theoretical courses and the hands-on sessions. Our industry partners were instrumental in providing resources for these fantastic learning opportunities. We look forward to running again the pre-symposium workshops and hands-on sessions with procedure-based small group skill labs on Ultrasound in 2017.
  • Don't miss this year's unique series of workshops on Antibiotic, Sepsis, Fluid, and Nutrition Stewardship developed by the IFA Scientific Committee under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Manu Malbrain and Dr. Niels Van Regenmortel.


Key program topics

  • Resuscitation fluids
  • Maintenance fluids
  • Replacement fluids
  • Crystalloids vs colloids
  • Balanced vs unbalanced
  • Summary of recent big fluid trials
  • The 4 D's of fluids therapy (drug - dose - duration - deescalation)
  • The R.O.S.E. concept (resuscitation - optimisation - stabilisation - evacuation)
  • The role for albumin
  • Blood products and substitutes
  • The microcirculation and the glycocalix
  • De-resuscitation
  • Hemorrhagic shock and trauma
  • Hemodynamic monitoring
  • Calibrated vs uncalibrated CO
  • Goal directed therapy
  • Sepsis definitions
  • Volumetric vs barometric preload
  • Organ function monitoring
  • ARDS definitions
  • EIT and EVLWI monitoring
  • Future directions
  • Perioperative management
  • Social Media, medical technology, information and decision systems

Invited top speakers

  • Djilalli Annane
  • Karim Brohi
  • Pietro Caironi
  • Jan De Waele
  • Robert Hahn
  • Can Ince
  • Luciano Gattinoni
  • Daniel Lichtenstein
  • Dileep Lobo
  • Manu Malbrain
  • Paul Marik
  • Xavier Monnet
  • Monty Mythen
  • Azriel Perel
  • Jan Poelaert
  • Mervyn Singer
  • Niels Van Regenmortel
  • Jean-Louis Vincent

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About IFAD

The iFAD started as local initiative form the pharmaceutical working group on fluids from the Ziekenhuis Netwerk Antwerpen (www.zna.be). Today iFAD is integrated within the not-for-profit charitable organization iMERiT, International Medical Education and Research Initiative, under Belgian law and as such the iFAD Organising Committee strongly recognizes and values a constructive partnership with the industry.

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