ICU Update Program

The ICU Update is a mixture of plenary and workshop sessions that will address important clinical issues for the practicing ICU Specialist.  


Registrations Open
08:55 - 09:00
Welcome to the 2019 ICU Update
A/Prof Peter Kruger &

09:00 - 10:30
09:00 - 09:20
Paracetamol- Old dog new tricks
Dr Angela Chiew

09:20 - 09:40
Shocking Tox 1
Dr Katherine Isoardi

09:40 - 10:00
Pharmacological restraint of the agitated drug affected patient
Dr Jason Fletcher

10:00 - 10:20
Recreational/Illicit Drugs Update
Dr David Pearson

10:20 - 10:30
Q & A
10:30 - 11:00
11:00 - 12:30
11:00 - 11:20
Drug induced metabolic acidosis
Dr Kylie McArdle

11:20 - 11:40
Extracorporeal therapies for toxin ingestion
Dr Darren Roberts

11:40 - 12:00
Shocking tox-2 (vasodilators) or Hot Tox
Dr Katherine Isoardi

12:00 - 12:20
Dr Brad Wibrow

12:20 - 12:30
Q & A
12:30 - 13:30
13:30 - 14:25
13:30 - 14:25
Workshop 1
PercutaneousTracheostomy hands on
A/Prof Peter Kruger
Dr George Pang
Workshop 2
What families taught us about organ donation
Dr Rohit D'Costa
Ms Michelle Skinner
Workshop 3
Extracorporeal treatments in poisoning: starting, stopping and assessing if it helped
Dr Darren Roberts
Workshop 4
Severe respiratory failure-Prone Ventilation logistics & Ventilator waveforms
Dr Steve Morgan

13:35 - 14:25
Workshop 5
Paediatric resuscitation - For the adult intensivist
Dr Melita Trout
Workshop 6
Providing constructive feedback to trainees
Dr Rob Bevan
Workshop 7
Cardiac Pacing
Dr Leo Nunnink

14:30 - 15:25
15:30 - 16:00
16:00 - 16:55
17:00 - 18:30
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ICU Update Workshops - Thursday 6th June

With a number of afternoon workshops running concurrently, delegates will be asked to indicate their 3 preferences when registering. 

These workshops have strict limits on numbers to allow for maximum discussion and involvement so please register your attendance early to avoid missing out on what is going to be an exceptional day for our College Fellows.  
Delegates will be allocated specifc times to attend their selected workshops, this information will be provide onsite.   We ask people to adhere to the timings to allow for small numbers in each workshop. 

Workshop 1 - PercutaneousTracheostomy hands on

A workshop covering various aspects of tracheostomy in the ICU. We plan to have simulation set ups for both Bronchoscopy and Percutaneous Insertion so all participants get “hands on” experience. The workshop will cover topics such as: Using ultrasound in tracheostomy insertion, , Using a laryngeal mask for the procedure,  The morbidly obese patient, Equipment advances and Managing Complications. Facilitators:  Dr George Pang and Associate Professor Peter Kruger.

Workshop 2 - What families have taught us about Organ Donation

The workshop will consider challenges faced by Intensive Care clinicians when providing care to potential organ donors and their families. Using a combination of real life patient stories and hypothetical cases, the participants will be asked to consider their responses to common scenarios in group discussion. We will then discuss what the very families in these stories have taught us through working with them in the ICU as well as in longitudinal follow up over many years.

Facilitators: Dr Rohit D'Costa & Ms Michelle Skinner

Workshop 3 - Extracorporeal treatments in poisoning: starting, stopping and assessing if it helped.

Evidence supporting the efficacy of renal replacement therapies for the treatment of poisonings are fairly low quality based on usual criteria (eg. RCTs). Nevertheless, there are data which provide strong support for the use of renal replacement therapies in some poisonings and against its use in others. In other circumstances the decision is made on a case-by-case basis depending on various factors. This workshop will take a case-based approach to discussing the existing evidence and data informing decision-making for the use of renal replacement therapies in clinical toxicology. Further, it will explore which data are useful for evaluating the effect of a renal replacement therapy, whether for self-reflection or for publication purposes.

Facilitator: Dr Darren Roberts

The ICU Update committee reserve the right to make changes to the program if necessary.


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2018 Hobart

2017 Sydney

2016 Adelaide

2015 Darwin