ICU symposium: Bridging research to practice for swallowing and its disorders in the ICU

Date: Tuesday, 2024, September 24

Location: Münster, Germany, during ESSD

Join us for a one-day multidisciplinary symposium focused on the aerodigestive tract and the intensive care unit.

This unique opportunity will bring together international researchers and expert clinicians as we discuss aspects of swallowing assessment and management through the lens of critical illness survivorship. Framed by lived experiences in the ICU, we will be exploring multiple body systems and multidisciplinary perspectives of care delivery, research, and clinical advances in the swallowing sciences, as well as ways in which to harness implementation science to facilitate evidence-based care in the ICU. 

Register now and be a part of a global commitment to innovation in swallowing and its disorders following life-threatening illnesses.

ICU symposium registration fees


Categories Early bird
 Doctors 300€ 350€
 Allied Health Professionals  235€ 275€
Students, Residents, and Trainees 170€ 200€

Non Members

Categories Early bird
 Doctors 360 € 425€
 Allied Health Professionals  290€ 340€
Students, Residents, and Trainees 215€ 255€

ICU symposium scientific programme


Time Session Presenter Description
8:30-8:55 Registration
8:55-9:00 Welcome Rainer Dziewas  
9:00-9:20 General overview - setting the stage with mistakes; ICU culture/SLP culture within ICU Martin Brodsky Setting the stage for the rest of the seminar; cultural considerations; diverse perspectives on settings; What is the impact of the upper aerodigestive tract on other body systems and vice versa? Some of the unknowns and the disparity of keeping disciplines keeping up with current practice
9:20-9:40 Broadening dysphagia perspectives over time Round table discussion Confessional session: What have we done wrong (and are willing to admit)? Personal experiences
9:40-10:00 The multidisciplinary dysphagia team Camilla Dawson Importance of multi-d care; components of a successful team; how clinical outcomes are facilitated
10:00-10:15 Panel Round table discussion  
10:15-10:35 BREAK (20 minutes)
10:35-10:55 The intensivist’s approach Peter Spronk Historical perspective vs. modern/contemporary acceptance; What was it that made you care about dysphagia; The evolution of the ICU patient and how practice has changed over the last decade (e.g., PADIS guidelines, reduced benzos/sedation)
10:55-11:15 Nursing aspects Louise Rose Acceptance of dysphagia screening; responsibility of nursing with screening/rxs for dysphagia diets/guidelines; workload pressures and their effect on swallowing care
11:15-11:35 Neuro ICU and swallowing Paul Muhle Uniqueness of neuro- and polytrauma (vs. med/surg) - special considerations for neuro populations and concomitant dysphagia. High spinal/polytrauma cases - increasing medical complexity
11:35-12:05 Critical ENT problems Laura Baijens Role in the MDT; Why is the larynx so important? Incidence and impact on swallowing/tx; impact of reflux on larynx; should we care more about voice/cough/swallowing? Complex airway management?
12:05-12:20 Panel Round table discussion  
12:20-13:20 LUNCH
13:20-13:40 Upper GI and dysphagia Barbara Braden What are the considerations for PEG vs. PEG/J vs. J-tube? Esophageal vs. oropharyngeal dysphagia; esophageal disorders impacting swallowing safety; what procedures can help?
13:40-14:00 Dysphagia screening Renee Speyer Reviewing and discussing dysphagia screening instruments; the why, how, psychometric validation and its value and limitations; implementation considerations
14:00-14:20 Developments in diagnostics in the ICU Stacey Skoretz Diagnostics and multi-system dynamic assessments for swallowing; experiences in developing and implementing swallowing instrumentation programs in the ICU
14:20-14:40 Implementing dysphagia care in the ICU Sallyanne Duncan Clinical takeaways; management within the continuum of care; complex cases; influence of timing of diagnostics
14:40-14:55 Panel Round table discussion  
14:55-15:15 BREAK (20 minutes)
15:15-15:45 Multidisciplinary considerations for implementation Sarah Wallace; Jackie McRae; Antonio Schindler; Paul Muhle Implementing dysphagia care in the ICU – tools and considerations; how to invoke principles of implementation science for dysphagia care
15:45-16:15 Outline of research agenda One of the core group members Global vision for moving dysphagia practice in the ICU toward keeping pace with medicine; establishing a research to practice agenda moving forward
16:15-16:45 Panel Round table discussion  
16:45-16:50 Wrap-up
16:50-18:00 Social gathering and drinks