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The eIFAD Philosophy

Dates: November 25th - 27th 2020, 10:30 - 16:00

2020 has been a challenging year for all. The COVID19 pandemic has provoked profound and probably long-lasting changes to healthcare systems but also the delivery of educational material to colleagues. Face-to-face conferences have had to be rescheduled and replaced with online meetings, given the continually evolving travel restrictions. The IFAD conference has not been spared these tribulations and we have decided to cancel the physical meeting to replace it by a virtual online meeting.

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. However many questions still remain to be answered:

  • Is the upgrade from saline 0.9% to balanced crystalloids worth the extra cost?
  • Does HES still have a place in the OR?
  • 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?

The 1st Virtual IFAD International Fluid Academy Days will again be a 3 day concise meeting on all aspects of fluid managament and hemodynamic monitoring in the critically ill.


Registration rates: This meeting wants to be all-inclusive and we would like to reach out to as many participants interested in fluids as possible

There are 2 options:

1. PREMIUM Registration

  • Unlimited access during the event November 25-27
  • Unlimited access online Whova platform also after the event
  • 30+ lectures
  • Unlimited access to all lectures and online repository (30+) with courses and didactic material
  • Includes access to all live round table panel discussions
  • Participation certificate (EACCME accreditation pending)
  • Complimentory IFA membership

2. STANDARD Registration for online event

  • Access during the event November 25-27
  • Access online Whova platform during event
  • 30+ lectures
  • access to all lectures and online repository with learning courses and didactic material for the duration of the event
  • Includes access to all live round table panel discussions
  • Participation certificate (EACCME accreditation pending)
  • Complimentory IFA membership

(*) Special rate: proof of status for residents, members endorsing society, non-doctors, doctors from low income countries will be required to finalize your registration

There are a limited amount of tickets available. Tickets will be distributed on first come first serve basis. All income will be used to support the FOAMed (Free Open Access Medical Education) website.

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Organising Committee

  • Prof. Manu Malbrain
  • Dr. Niels Van Regenmortel
  • Prof. Xavier Monnet
  • Dr. Paul Elbers
  • Dr. Adrian Wong


Draft Programme: each day will have 4 sessions with a break in the middle for virtual booth visits. Each session will consists of a live introduction (5min) followed by 2 prerecorded lectures (15 min) followed by a live round table panel discussion. Each session will have additional learning material available in the academy repository. The round table discussions will be interactive with voting and polls. All communication will be done through the Whova platform.

The following topics will be covered during the different sessions (subject to change):

DAY 1 NOV 25

  1. Fluids around the world
  2. Round table discussion: Why are we still talking about fluids?
  3. Maintenance solutions
  4. Round table discussion: Nil-by-mouth from midnight is an archaic concept
  5. Colloids
  6. Round table discussion: Is there really a role for colloids? When do you use colloids?
  7. Closing session Day 1: Fluids in COVID
  8. Round table discussion: What has COVID taught us about fluids?

DAY 2 NOV 26

  1. Monitoring and fluid responsiveness
  2. Round table discussion: The monitors you would have in your unit?
  3. Special circumstances
  4. Round table discussion: Should a general intensivist be able to look after these special circumstances?
  5. Balance, urine and electrolytes
  6. Round table discussion: Are we complicating things, as the body looks after itself?
  7. Closing session day 2: Monitoring in COVID
  8. Round table discussion: Any different from other patients?

DAY 3 NOV 27

  1. Surviving sepsis campaign
  2. Round table discussion: Personalised medicine is just an excuse for clinicians to do whatever they want?
  3. Fluid stewardship
  4. Round table discussion: Why don't you implement fluid stewardship?
  5. Human factors and leadership
  6. Round table discussion: At the end, human factors are more important than technical skills?
  7. Closing session day 3: Organ function and COVID
  8. Round table discussion: What is next in fluid research

Whova Platform

We're excited to announce that 1st Virtual International Fluid Academy Days (eIFAD) has a free, official app which you can Download and be able to:

  • View the event agenda and plan your schedule
  • Access Livestreams and Videos directly within sessions and utilize the session Q&A
  • Set up Virtual meet-ups with your fellow attendees to connect remotely
  • Create and converse through various Discussion Topics in the Community Board
  • Receive updates such as last minute room change from the organizers
  • Get presentation documents, videos and slides
  • Perform virtual booth visit

After registration you will receive a personal event invitation code for accessing the event. Already used the Whova app in the past? Double-check that it is installed on your phone, and log in using your existing account email and password.

If you need more guidance on how to use Whova to attend the event, please visit Whova User Guides

We look forward to seeing you soon at 1st Virtual International Fluid Academy Days (eIFAD) !

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The IFAD Team

IFAD Philosophy

eIFAD - a proposal and vision for the future of the International Fluid Academy


Historical background

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 International Fluid Academy (IFA) was founded in 2011 with the goals of nurturing education and promoting research on fluid management and organ function monitoring in critically ill patients. Since then, we have brought together a diverse and global cohort of physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals from a broad spectrum of clinical disciplines. 

Starting with a small regional meeting in Antwerp, Belgium, our activities have expanded to include annual international symposia, 'iFADmini' pop-up conferences, blogs, webinars and collaboration with other professional societies (like ESA and WSACS). Other projects include collaborative research, surveys, guideline development, joint data registration and international exchange of health care workers and researchers.

Looking forward

2020 has been a challenging year for all. The COVID19 pandemic has provoked profound and probably long-lasting changes to healthcare systems but also the delivery of educational material to colleagues. Face-to-face conferences have had to be rescheduled and replaced with online meetings, given the continually evolving travel restrictions. The IFAD conference has not been spared these tribulations.

With the growing awareness of diversity in the workplace, it is essential to create inclusive environments. Recent events on social media have once again brought the issue of gender and racial diversity to the fore. Like other progressive organizations, IFA is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion, specifically focusing on increasing participation of underrepresented groups. IFA has always been proud of the innovation, interaction and provision of opportunities to our next generations of colleagues. We are not perfect, and mistakes have been made. We have reflected upon these issues and are facing them head-on with a renewed vigour.

As we are well aware, the pandemic crisis we are currently living in requires strong leadership at all levels, focusing on human factors or the so-called 'non-technical skills' in addition to the clinical nuance.

Our commitment

We are committed to the following:

  1. That all future IFA events, starting with the upcoming virtual eIFAD at the end of November, will not have all-white-male panels and will be representative/reflective of the multidisciplinary community in which we belong.
  2. We are stronger together. We will officially launch #**********  as an umbrella term for all future endeavours worldwide to strive for excellence in diversity and a focus on human factors.
  3. The primary goals of the IFA will remain the same with a focus on “International” and “Academy”


  1. of or relating to two or more nations or their citizens

At the moment, the IFA is mostly a European-centric organisation. Over the last year, links have been built with colleagues in Latin America and the Middle East. In 2020, planned meetings with colleagues in Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It remains unclear when these face-to-face meetings will resume.

With the move to a more online/digital format, this is an opportunity to be truly international with representation of colleagues from these countries being provided a platform to engage. The lack of representation from such LMIC was a major criticism of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign. I propose that each country be provided a standard template of questions to be answered relating to fluid practice in their respective countries. ​These could form the basis for future collaborative work or quality improvement projects.

Relevant questions can include:

  • What is the most common fluid used in the ED/OR/ICU?
  • Are there institutional or national guidelines relating to fluid management?
  • Are colloids available in the country?
  • What are the research priorities with regards to fluids?



  • an association or institution for the advancement of art, literature, or science
  • a group of authorities and leaders in a field of scholarship, art, etc., who are often permitted to dictate standards, prescribe methods, and criticize new ideas.

The propose is to review the various resources (blogs, videos, lectures) currently available on fluidacademy.org into a true “Academy” with the intent of turning it into THE main repository of knowledge for all fluid-related matters. This would be made available to members of the Fluid Academy.

Such a resource would form part of a learning pathway for colleagues with regards to fluid management. The library will support learning and discussions at face-to-face or online meetings which would mostly be focussed on discussion and debate. Ultimately, this could also be further consolidated with “Fellowships” or exchange programmes.

Whilst particularly focussed on the current IFA day, there is no reason why this model of “Academy” digital resources, webinars/face-to-face meetings, fellowships etc could not be replicated in other areas such as ECMO (BEACH) or ultrasound (CACU).

A hashtag is there to support specific action plans. We need to reflect and decide on what exactly we are going to do. Something SMART. eg in 2 years time, the scientific committee of the IFA conference will be 50% female.

IFAD Merchandise

10th IFAD Merchandise
Order your original IFAD goodies when registering for the 10th IFAD meeting!
All income will go to support the Free Open Access Medical education (#FOAMed) platform, web content and future research on fluid stewardship.

Unique IFAD Coffee MUG (15 EUR)

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Original IFAD T-shirt (Black) available in size S-M-L-XL (25 EUR)

T shirt 3

Original IFAD T-shirt (White) available in size S-M-L-XL (20 EUR)

T shirt 2

IFAD Proceedings Book (20 EUR)


Vintage 2 DVD set with historical recordings from IFAD2011 and IFAD2012  (25 EUR)

2 DVDs


Intra-abdominal hypertension (30 EUR)


Paperback (ISBN-13: 9781107272880) - 253 pages

Authors: Manu Malbrain and Jan De Waele

Series: Core Critical Care

Despite increasing interest in intra-abdominal hypertension (IAH) and abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS) as causes of significant morbidity and mortality among the critically ill, unanswered questions cloud the understanding of the pathophysiology of these conditions:

• Are IAH and ACS synonymous?
• What are the ideal methods of measuring and lowering intra-abdominal pressure (IAP)?
• When should we think of IAH?
• Can IAH be prevented?
• What level of IAP requires abdominal decompression?

Written by two experts in critical care and IAP, Intra-Abdominal Hypertension is a distillation of the current literature and furthers the understanding of these complex critical conditions. Using a step-by-step approach and illustrative figures, this clinical handbook presents a concise overview of consensus definitions, measurement methods, organ assessment and treatment options. Intra-Abdominal Hypertension is essential reading for all members of the intensive care multidisciplinary team, including experienced and junior physicians, anesthetists and nurses. Contains a complete and concise overview of IAH and ACS which aids quick and accurate learning • List of all currently available IAP measurement tools enables decisive treatment • Summary of consensus definitions distils the current literature and clarifies these conditions. 


Critical and Acute Care Ultrasound: THE POCUS book (25 EUR)

 CACU book  

Paperback (ISBN: 000) - 150 pages

Authors: Manu Malbrain (Ed.)

Series: IFAD Book Series

This Comprehensive Book on Critical and Acute Care Ultrasound (CACU) summarizes the reviews published during the previous International Fluid Academy Days. The papers are published under the Open Access CC BY Licence 4.0. Critical and Acute Care Ultrasound together with point of care ultrasound (POCUS) is becoming a holistic and translational discipline and is considered as the modern stethoscope for the critical care and emergency care physician. Dr Roy Filly, Professor Emeritus of Radiology, and chief of the department of diagnostic sonography in Stanford predicted in 1988 that ultrasound would likely become the new stethoscope: “As we look at the proliferation of ultrasound instruments in the hands of untrained physicians, we can only come to the unfortunate realisation that diagnostic sonography truly is the next stethoscope: poorly utilized by many but understood by few” This book is edited by Manu Malbrain, Internist-Intensivist, Director of the Intensive Care Department at the University Hospital in Brussels (UZB), Belgium, he is Professor at the Brussels Free University (VUB) and one of the chairmen of the iFAD meeting.

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Abstract submission can be done only through the online abstract submission page if you are an IFAD member (membership is FREE for lifetime). You can choose whether you want to submit your abstract for oral or poster presentation.

If you experience problems submit your abstract directly here after registration and logging in: https://fluidacademy.org/ifad-2020/abstract-submission-eifad.html

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