From September 27 to October 2, 2019, the 32nd Annual Congress of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM 2019) was held in Berlin. The scientific forum is a key event for specialists dealing with the problems of providing medical care to critically ill patients. The congress was attended by 5700 delegates from around the world, among whom were doctors, nurses and other specialists involved in the provision of medical care to patients with severe pathology of organs and systems.

This year, the main topics of the congress were the management of hemodynamics and ventilation, the use of extracorporeal detoxification and membrane oxygenation methods, intensive care for patients with damage to vital organs and systems, as well as the education of young specialists. Traditionally, much attention has been paid to the treatment of infections, sepsis and to the rational antimicrobial therapy.

A delegation from the Pirogov Center took part in ESICM 2019: chief doctor-anesthesiologist-intensivist, professor M.N. Zamyatin, head doctor of the hospital, M.D. V.G.Gusarov, doctor-anesthesiologist-intensivist M.V. Dementienko, Clinical Pharmacologist D.A. Kamyshova, who are one of the key members of the multidisciplinary SCAT (Strategy of Control of Antimicrobial Therapy) team of the Center. A report on the results of the five-year introduction of SCAT in the Pirogov Center and its effect on the level of antibiotic resistance and antibiotic consumption in ICU was included in one of the ESICM 2019 scientific sessions as an electronic poster, which was reported by M.V. Dementienko. During the congress, all participants had an invaluable opportunity to meet with colleagues from different countries, exchange views on key issues of intensive care, share experiences and outline ways for further cooperation.