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.
Founded in 2011 during the 1st International Fluid Academy Day (iFAD) meeting the goals of the IFA are to foster education and promote research on fluid management and monitoring in critically ill patients, and thereby improve the survival of critically ill patients by bringing together physicians, nurses, and others from a variety of clinical disciplines. The primary goal of the IFA is to establish an international collaboration group with the final aim to improve and standardize care and outcome of critically ill patients with an emphasis on fluids, fluid management, monitoring and organ support. This can be achieved by collaborative research projects, surveys, guideline development, joint data registration and international exchange of health care workers and researchers. The acquired knowledge and results of research will be published in Medical Fluids, the international journal on medical fluid management (published in Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy), and shared with his peer group each year during the meeting. About 370 participants attended the 1st iFAD on November 19th in 2011 (at Elzenveld Congress Centre in Antwerp, Belgium). 425 participants attended the second edition, held on November 17th in 2012 (at the Radisson Blue Congress and Convention Centre, Antwerp, Belgium). Because this success the 3rd iFAD held in 2013, was a 2-day event (Nov 29-30) gathering 500 delegates from all over the world at the Hilton Hotel in Antwerp. The 4th and 5th editions were a 3-day event held again at the Hilton Hotel in Antwerp, Belgium from Nov 27th till 29th in 2014 and Nov 26th – 28th in 2015 respectively. The last 2 editions of the International Fluid Academy Days were a huge success with on average 500 delegates: around 300 critical care specialists, 110 critical care nurses, 50 keynote speakers together with 50 industry representatives from all over the globe. After 5 successful editions the organising committee decided to make it a bi-annual event.