Acute respiratory pandemics: how to plan for and manage

Event Training event Workshop
9 Nov 2017 - 11 Nov 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands
The course is co-organised by ECDC and European Respiratory Society.

This practical course will cover outbreak investigation, pandemic planning, recent developments in respiratory pathogen biology and therapy, and will focus around two practical scenarios in which participants will gain experience in managing an acute epidemic. Research during an epidemic and ethical aspects will also be covered.

An application will be made to the EACCME for CME accreditation of this event. The number of credits that you will receive corresponds to your attendance during the course. Please note that you need to sign the register of attendance each day to ensure that you receive the CME credits.

Course format

  • Plenary sessions
  • Case presentations
  • Group discussions
  • Tabletop scenario exercises

Target audience

  • Clinicians
  • Pulmonary physicians
  • Public health teams
  • Nurses
  • Allied healthcare professionals
  • Intensivists
  • Paediatricians
  • Microbiologists
  • Virologists
  • Trainees in the above specialities

Learning outcomes

Following this course, participants will be able to:

  • Have greater knowledge of respiratory pathogens
  • Understand the investigation and management of an epidemic/pandemic
  • Work in teams during an acute escalating epidemic event
  • Improve their communication skills with regards to an epidemic
  • Engage in research during an acute epidemic

Curriculum links

Adult Respiratory Medicine HERMES syllabus:

  • Module B.3: Non-TB respiratory infections
  • Module E.1: Treatment modalities and prevention measures
  • Module F: Core generic abilities

Paediatric Respiratory Medicine HERMES syllabus:

  • Module E: Acute and chronic lung infection
  • Module R: Management and leadership
  • Module U: Communication


Thursday, 9 November 2017

Session 1

  • 11:30–13:00 Registration and lunch
  • 13:00–13:30 Course overview, objectives and PREPARE background - A. Simonds
  • 13:30–14:00 Respiratory viruses: international epidemiology - One Health Approach - P. Penttinen
  • 14:00–14:45 Outbreak investigation, sampling in outbreaks, public health preventative and safety measures - V. Prikazsky
  • 14:45–15:00 Coffee break

Session 2 – Practical workshops

  • 15:00–17:00 Pandemic scenario 1: outbreak investigation
  • 17:00–17:45 Scenario feedback and group discussion. What have we learnt? - P. Penttinen, V. Prikazsky, L. Sigfrid, A. Simonds

Friday, 10 November 2017

Session 3

  • 08:00–08:30 Barriers to research in epidemics and how to overcome them - N. Gobat
  • 08:30–09:00 Communication in epidemics: do’s and don’ts - K. Longuère
  • 09:00–09:30 Assessing severity and outcomes of SARI - G. Carson
  • 09:30–10:00 Coffee break
  • 10:00–10:30 Surge management in acute hospital care (how to escalate medical provision within hospitals during a pandemic) - A. Simonds
  • 10:30–11:00 Intensive care perspective, medical management and ICU trials - L. Derde
  • 11:00–11:30 Paediatric considerations and planning - P. Fraaij
  • 11:30–12:00 Primary care: key priorities and planning - J. Buchanan
  • 12:00–13:00 Lunch

Session 4 – Practical workshops

  • 13:30–16:30 Pandemic scenario 2: pandemic evolution - G. Carson
  • 16:30–17:30 Scenario feedback and group discussion. What have we learnt? - G. Carson, L. Sigfrid, A. Simonds, J. Buchanan, P. Fraaij

Saturday, 11 November 2017 

Session 5

  • 09:00–09:45 Ethical aspects of pandemics – clinical and research implications - M. Gal
  • 09:45–10:15 MERS-COV, SARS and related respiratory pathogens - M. de Jong
  • 10:15–10:45 Lessons from Arbovirus practical workshop - L. Sigfrid
  • 10:45–11:15 Coffee break

Session 6

  • 11:15–12:30 Reflections on course and exercises, and assessment – Group discussion - G. Carson
  • 12:30–13:00 Closing remarks, further learning opportunities, future plans – End of the course - A. Simonds
  • 13:00–14:00 Lunch and depart