WFPICCS 2018 Pre-Congress Workshops requiring pre-registration.

Tickets are sold on a first-come first-served basis. Each workshop has limited space available.

To Register for the Pre-Congress Workshops, please click here

​​​​Please note that the dates and times of these workshops may change, and other workshops may be added. 

​​By clicking on the workshop title you will be able to see more information (where available).


2 day workshop: Saturday - Sunday, June 09-10, 2018

Healthcare Quality and Safety Made Easy

Max Participants: 40

Time:  08:30- 17:00

Place: KK Women and Children's Hospital

Fees: $600 for non-congress participant, $450 for physicians and $225 for Trainees, Nurses and AHP


Healthcare today has become ever so complex. Amidst this intricate system lies the growing challenge of keeping patients and staff safe. Safety remains the top priority for most top-tier hospitals, and also the focus of most improvement endeavours. There is thus a need for a structured approach towards quality and safety, sustained by a strong safety culture. This workshop will show the key elements needed to take the first step, or to refine and complement existing efforts. Participants will be able to apply these insights anywhere within their organizational hierarchies, be it at the unit, within the department, or across the institution.

On Day 1, the workshop emphasizes on the fundamentals of patient safety including Human Factors, Teamwork and Communications. On Day 2, the workshop utilizes a 3-step model to make quality improvement easy. The 3-step model is structured on an intuitive flow of: 1) Identifying the problems 2) Identifying the root causes 3) Developing solutions for the root causes.

Through this 2-day workshop, participants will gain insights and the necessary tools to improve patient safety and quality in their own work environment.

Paediatric Critical Care Ultrasounds - Theory and practice

Max Participants: 50

Time:  08:30- 17:00

Place: KK Women and Children's Hospital

Fees: $850 for non-congress participant, $600 for physicians and $300 for Trainees, Nurses and AHP


This workshop will be a comprehensive review of critical care ultrasound. An international group of experts will lead participants through a mixture of didactic and hands-on practice in all relevant applications of critical care ultrasound. These include vascular/procedural ultrasound, point or care echocaridography, thoracic and abdominal ultrasound. Tips for integrating this technology into your daily routine will be given. Research applications and future directions will be discussed in detail. Administrative aspects such as quality assurance and accreditation will be touched upon. The hands-on portion of this workshop will be in a very low ratio of 4:1 student to faculty which is unusual in large workshops of this type. At the end of the workshop participants will be comfortable to begin using ultrasound in their local practice. 

Hands-on Paediatric Flexible Bronchoscopy Workshop

Max Participants: 32 

Time:  08:30- 17:00

Place: Advanced Surgical Training Centre at National University Hospital Singapore

Fees: $1200 for non-congress participant, $900 for physicians and $750 for Trainees, Nurses and AHP


This is a HANDS-ON intensive workshop on paediatric flexible bronchoscopy for paediatric intensivists, paediatric pulmonologists, and paediatricians. It is a comprehensive course built on experience and the latest evidence base, and is suitable for both the beginner and advanced learner.  This will be the fourth live animal bronchoscopy workshop conducted by our team over six years. The course has received the required approvals from the Institutional Animal Care and Safety Committee and the Institutional Biosafety Committee.

The course will provide participants with hands-on flexible bronchoscopy experience on live animal models, along with lectures and video workshops to equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed to perform flexible bronchoscopy in children. Hands-on sessions will be interspersed with audio-video sessions to train the participant to identify pathology. Specialized procedures like broncho-alveolar lavage and bronchoscopic intubations will also be taught. There will be a session on sedation techniques, setting up a flexible bronchoscopy service, building a team and maintaining a database. The course is taught by a faculty comprising local and international tutors with many years of experience with paediatric flexible bronchoscopy.

1 day workshop: ​Saturday, June 09, 2018

Improving Nutrition in Critically Ill Children Workshop

Max Participants: 60

Time:  09:00- 15:30

Place: Congress Center, Hall 300-302

Fees: $600 for non-congress participant, $250 for physicians and $125 for Trainees, Nurses and AHP

Objectives: This exciting and innovative workshop is focused on reviewing practice and developing science supporting improving nutrition in Pediatric Critical Care. Expert PICU clinicians and researchers in the field will present state-of-the-art lectures summarizing the field.

Acute non-invasive Ventilation in Children

Max Participants: 50

Time:  08:30- 17:00

Place: Congress Center, Hall 303-304

Fees: NA for non-congress participant, $350 for physicians and $175 for Trainees, Nurses and AHP


  • Interactive hands on training by lead International and National faculty
  • Hands on training on various types of NIV machines
  • Case Based Discussions
  • Video demonstration of synchrony and its management
  • Successful use of NIV in acute and chronic settings
  • Manual on NIV

Rational Approach to Transfusion in the Critically Ill child

Max participants: 125

Time:  09:00- 17:00

Place: Congress Center, Hall 305

Fees: NA for non-congress participant, $350 for physicians and $175 for Trainees, Nurses and AHP


Mounting evidence indicates that RBC transfusion carries significant risk and fails to improve, or paradoxically – may reduce oxygen delivery and thereby contribute to adverse clinical outcomes. Consequently, optimal approaches for monitoring and transfusion decision-making are unclear. Similarly, optimal monitoring of hemostasis and indications for correction of coagulopathies in critically ill children lack clear consensus. Both areas in Transfusion Medicine, however, require action by intensivists on a daily basis.

Here we review: 1) the current state of knowledge about red cell physiology and the "storage lesion"; as well as the hemostatic system and the status of blood component therapy, 2) current clinical trials examining the efficacy of RBC transfusion and the impact of donor RBC age upon outcome in transfusion recipients, 3) state of the art methodology for monitoring O2 delivery to tissue and hemostatic system functional performance 4) an approach to balancing risks and benefit of transfusion in selected populations commonly encountered in clinical practice.

When things don't go as planned: a simulation-based workshop

Max Participants: 28

Time:  08:30- 17:00

Place: NUS Centre for Healthcare Simulation

Fees: NA for non-congress participant, $300 for physicians and $150 for Trainees, Nurses and AHP


Medical simulation is used increasingly to provide experiential learning environments. Despite preparation and planning, sometimes things don't go as expected. When this happens, the learning objectives for that session are in jeopardy.

We will explore the following areas in terms of common derailments and troubleshooting problems.

  1. Session not going as it should.
  2. "It doesn't feel real" - lack of buy in.
  3. Debriefing gone wrong
  4. "Why aren't they getting it?"

These problems will be illustrated with opportunities for hands-on practice, videos and problem solving in groups.

At the end of the workshop, participants will have:

  1. Experienced common practical problems that can occur while running medical simulations
  2. Developed solutions that can be applied to their local programs
  3. Learnt to anticipate problems that might occur with specific simulation situations

Target audience: Intermediate simulation users with at least 1 year of experience as faculty in simulation-based healthcare education.

Paediatric Physiotherapy Moving Forward: The importance of positioning and early mobilization frominfants to adolescents in PICU

Max Participants: 100

Time:  13:30 – 17:30

Fees:  $150 for Physicians, and $100 for AHP, Trainees, and Nurses. 


·         Present new evidence regarding V/Q in infants and the impact to physiotherapists. 

·         Facilitate discussion & debate regarding early mobilisation including outcome measures, barriers and enablers.

·         Practical demonstration of FES equipment for children.

1 day workshop:​ Sunday, June 10, 2018

Continuous Renal replacement therapy in critically sick children

Max Participants: 70

Time:  08:00- 17:00

Place: Congress Center, Hall 300-302

Fees: NA for non-congress participant, $300 for Physicians and $150 for Trainees, Nurses and AHP


·         Describe the basics of CRRT provision to children across the entire spectrum of pediatric critical illness including peritoneal dialysis. 

·         Discuss the latest information regarding the entire CRRT prescription from modality choice, anticoagulation, access choice and timing of CRRT initiation, and the application of CRRT in various disease states. 

·         Experience hands-on-training using CRRT machines and learn the practicalities of initiation and common problems during provision of CRRT including plasmapheresis to critically ill children,

·         Discuss real life complex cases requiring CRRT

Optimising Mechanical Ventilation

Max Participants: 100

Time:  08:00- 17:00

Place: Congress Center, Hall 303-304

Fees: NA for non-congress participant, $250 for physicians and $125 for Trainees, Nurses and AHP

Objectives: As mechanical ventilation is one of the most common reasons for PICU admission, it is essential for clinicians to have the knowledge and skills to optimize ventilator management. This workshop will discuss the available literature, review the pertinent pathophysiology, discuss current recommendations, including the PALICC guidelines, and explore various strategies and approaches to optimize mechanical ventilation. 

Acute Decompensated Heart Failure

Max Participants: 100

Time:  08:00- 12:30

Place: Congress Center, Hall 309

Fees: NA for non-congress participant, $150 for physicians and $75 for Trainees, Nurses and AHP

Objectives: Children with acquired and congenital heart disease present with unique physiology and clinical challenges. At the core of the clinical management of these patients is optimizing systemic cardiac output and oxygen delivery. However, in many patients with complex congenital heart disease, balancing systemic and pulmonary blood flow presents additional clinical challenges; particularly in patients with clinical heart failure. In this preconference session, we will address the issue of decompensated heart failure in patients with congenital and acquired heart disease. Sessions will highlight the physiology of decompensated heart failure followed by a session on mechanical support therapies for acute decompensated heart failure.

Difficult conversations in the PICU

Max Participants: 24

Time:  08:00- 17:00

Place: Academia, Singapore General Hospital

Fees: $600 for non-congress participant, $350 for physicians and $175 for Trainees, Nurses and AHP

Objective: The loss of a child is a devastating event, often resulting in profound grief reactions from surviving parents and family members. While breaking bad news is an important communication skill for PICU clinicians, it is complex and if performed poorly, can result in miscommunication, and loss of therapeutic relationships between clinician and family members. This one-day workshop hopes to provide PICU clinicians with tools to help facilitate difficult conversations in the PICU. 

We aim to:

1.     To provide information regarding brain death and organ donation.

2.     To introduce tools to help participants facilitate conversations in the ICU on difficult topics such as brain death and organ donation.

3.     To provide an immersive environment for participants to practice facilitating difficult conversations using the information and tools provided.

This will be done via short interactive lectures and simulations using standardized family members with immediate feedback and debrief.

Through this one day workshop, participants will:

1.     Gain a deeper understanding of brain death and organ donation and how the two relate.

2.   Gain a useful framework for conducting effective and compassionate conversations involving brain death and organ donation with family members.

3.   Gain confidence and clarity regarding having conversations on difficult topics with family members.

The deteriorating child in hospital

Max Participants: 125

Time:  13:30- 17:00

Place: Congress Center, Hall 309

Fees: NA for non-congress participant, $150 for physicians and $75 for Trainees, Nurses and AHP

Objectives: This workshop’s focus is on both recognising and responding to clinical deterioration. Bringing together international researchers from UK, Australia, Canada and Italy, we will present and discuss with the audience the key issues impacting on clinical practice. We will use online voting technology  for the audience to help us identify priority issues for practice and research. Please join us at the workshop if you are interested in best practice for the early recognition and response to clinical deterioration in hospital.

Current concepts in pediatric procedural sedation outside of the operating room

Max Participants: 100

Time:  13:00- 17:00

Place: Congress Center, Hall 308

Fees: $500 for non-congress participant, $250 for physicians and $175 for Trainees, Nurses and AHP


·         Review the evolution of pediatric procedural sedation practice over the last decade with focus on provider types, locations of sedation, and incidence of sedation-related adverse events. 

·         Discuss the process for pre-screening of procedural sedation patients. 

·         Describe current educational and training initiatives for sedation providers with focus on simulation-based training. 

·         Utilizing several scenario demonstrations, illustrate critical competencies related to sedated pediatric patients, including airway interventions, crisis resource management skills, and appropriate use of resuscitative measures and how simulation can be used to teach/practice these skills.

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