Workshops

The following workshops will be available. Please note that the workshops about POCUS, central venous lines and echocardiography takes a limited number of participants.

The echocardiography workshop takes place 19/4 and covers a full day, while the workshops are scheduled 15/4 as half-day sessions.

As the half-day workshops 15/4 are either in the morning or in the afternoon, why not join two!


ACoRN – identifying infants at risk

9:00-12:00 on 15 April. Led by Horacio Osiovich, Canada

Acute Care of at Risk Newborn (ACoRN) is an educational program developed in Canada, designed to guide any practitioner who care for sick or at-risk babies and their families, regardless of experience or training in neonatology.

The program provides a systematic approach to care, using an 8-step framework to help the practitioner systematically gather information, establish priorities and intervene appropriately. The program provides tools to be used for neonatal assessment and the knowledge and skills for clinical management of sick or ‘at-risk’ newborns. The key components include a needs assessment focusing on learners and the organization, a textbook, an interactive workshop, and an evaluation of learners, organization and clinical outcomes. The workshop addresses neonatal morbidities such as respiratory distress, sepsis, temperature instability, care of Low Birth Weight (LBW) infants, asphyxia and infection and thus goes beyond the immediate few minutes after birth.


Ethical challenges in the NICU

9:00-12:00 on 15 April. Led by Ulrich Körtner, Austria, and Joe Kaempf, USA

The beginning of life may pose various challenges to neonatal staff. Issues on periviability, predicting outcome in seriously ill children or genetic diagnoses may all present as ethical dilemmas. This workshop will provide a blueprint on how to deal with ethical challenges as well as allow participants to present their own cases.


POCUS – Point of care Ultrasound

9:00-12:00 on 15 April. Led by Micheal Griksaitis, UK


Central venous lines

13:00-16:00 on 15 April. Led by Christian Breschan, Austria

During this workshop, participants will:

  • be shown the techniques, options and material of ultrasound-guided central venous access in particular the supraclavicular cannulation of the brachiocephalic vein in neonates and also extremely prematurly born infants
  • be able to get familiar  with the sonoanatomy of periclavicular vessels by scanning children under supervision (planned)
  • be able to practice various ultrasound-guided cannulation techniques on phantoms

After the workshop the participants should:

  • be able to obtain the sonographic views of periclavicular vessels in children on their own
  • have obtained the skills of ultrasound-guided vascular cannulation techniques

University of CQI – how to lead meaningful, successful projects

13:00 – 16:00 on 15 April. Led by Joe Kaempf, US

This workshop will be a wide ranging discussion of quality improvement science, and specifically what it takes to design and execute innovative team projects that enhance value, safety and satisfaction.  This course will demystify CQI, update the nature of evidence-based medicine, and discuss real-life examples of what to emulate, and what to avoid.

Objectives:  1)  Why is quality improvement methodology easy to grasp but difficult to sustain with excellence?,  2)  What factors impede CQI success?,  3) What factors ensure CQI progress?,  4)  What are the cognitive and moral foundations of authentic quality, value, and safety?,  and 5) What is the real nature of evidence-based medicine?


Neonatal echocardiography

9:00-16:00 on 19 April. Led by Yogen Singh, UK and Cecile Tissot, CH

This workshop about Neonatologist Performed Echocardiography has been designed for neonatologists, neonatal trainees / fellows, paediatricians and paediatric trainees who would like to build some echocardiography skills. This workshop includes lectures covering basic echocardiography views, functional echocardiography, echocardiographic evaluation of PDA and PPHN, and role of echocardiography in managing patients with shock, and will provide opportunity for the hands-on practice. While basic topics are designed for participants with no prior knowledge and experience in echocardiography, advanced topics and functional echocardiography skills will give opportunity to further enhance skills.