#RESUS21: The ERC Guidelines Congress

The ERC 2021 Guidelines Congress will run from 25-26 March 2021.

The congress platform opens a few days before so you can already explore the scientific content, provided you are registered, and prepare yourself for the interactive discussions...

Some parts of the program will also be made available or streamed directly to our YouTube and Facebook channel.

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Thursday 25 March 2021

Opening Ceremony

11:00 - 11:30 CEST

Welcome - Koen Monsieurs

Program Overview - Jas Soar

Introduction ERC Guidelines 2021 - Gavin Perkins


Mechanical Ventilation and Resuscitation (WEINMANN)

11:30 - 12:30 CEST

1. Ventilation and resuscitation - State of the art (scientific review)

2. New mechanical ventilation method for resuscitation - Chest Compression Synchronized Ventilation (CCSV) - working principle and current scientific findings

3. Live demonstration CCSV

4. Best practice from EMS - Q&A session

Ambu: Rapid Fire Session

11:40 - 11:50 CEST

Guidelines ERC - Systems Saving Lives

12:00 - 13:00 CEST

Scientific moderators: Federico Semeraro, Robert Greif & Sebastian Schnaubelt



Apps, dispatch & T-CPR - Theresa Olasveengen

Rapid Response Systems and Cardiac Arrest Centres - Joyce Yeung

Community awareness campaigns - Andrea Scapigliati

KIDS SAVE LIVES - Daniel Schroeder

A new system approach to save time, and lives, in stroke, sepsis and AMI (Laerdal)

13:00 - 13:30 CEST

By Professor Mads Gilbert - MD, PhD

Senior consultant, Clinic of Emergency Medicine UNN; Prof.(em),The Arctic Univ. of Norway

Corpuls: Rapid Fire Session

13:10 - 13:20 CEST

Guidelines ERC - Epidemiology

13:30 - 14:30 CEST

Scientific moderators: Jan-Thorsten Gräsner, Anna Bichmann



Introduction- Why do we need an epidemiology chapter in the new guidelines? - Jan- Thorsten Gräsner

EuReCa: a strategy to improve our performance - Leo Bossaert

If you don't know what is going on - you need a registry - Ingvild Tjelmeland

From registry to epidemiology - Jan Wnent

From registry to outcome - Siobhan Masterson

Discussion - Anna Bichmann


Total solution of C-A-B-D (Compression, Airway, Defibrillation) (Ambulanc)

13:30 - 14:30 CEST

Amoul, a professional supplier focusing on emergency and life support field. We cooperate with top experts in emergency field in China and happy to build a bridge for experts domestic and abroad.

SMART Biphasic Explained (Philips)

14:30 - 15:30 CEST

James Casella - Philips

Research NET - part 1

14:30 - 15:45 CEST

Scientific moderators: Bernd W. Böttiger, Gavin Perkins & Sabine Nabecker



The ERC Research NET - Welcome, succes and further perspectives - Bernd W. Böttiger, Gavin Perkins

YOUNG ERC - Jessica Rogers

ESCAPE NET - Actual results from HORIZON 2020 EU funded projects - Hanno Tan

Video- Assisted CPR: Influence of video resolution and camera position on CPR quality - Wolfgang A. Wetsch

EuReCa TWO news and bystander sub-group analyses - Jan-Thorsten Gräsner, Jan Wnent

Follow- Up program for first aid providers - Anna Marie Moe Øvstebø

KIDS SAVE LIVES in the world - Federico Semeraro

L.I.F.E.F.O.R.C.E. - Erasmus+ funded project aimin at creating innovative methods and tools for the pre-training of 6-10 year old schoolchildren in CPR - Anastasis Stefanakis

ERC Research NET plans and Perspectives - All

Guidelines ERC - Ethics

15:00 - 16:00 CEST

Scientific moderators: Leo Bossaert, Michael Smith



Interventions to safeguard autonomy - Spyros Mentzelopoulos

Ethical issues during resuscitation - Patrick Van de Voorde

Outcome following cardiac arrest - Keith Couper

Education of resuscitation ethics - Patrick Druwé

Ethics of emergency research - Spyros Mentzelopoulos


Guidelines on the Sidelines (ZOLL)

16:00 - 17:00 CEST

Schiller: Rapid Fire Session

16:10 - 16:20 CEST

Guidelines ERC - Basic Life Support

16:30 - 17:30 CEST

Scientific moderators: Theresa Olasveengen & James Nicholson



High quality CPR - Artem Kuzovlev

Bystander CPR and AEDs - Giuseppe Ristagno

Emergency Medical Dispatch - Mike Smyth


16:30 - 17:45 CEST

Scientific moderators: Federico Semeraro, Hanno Tan & Marieke Blom


- Results of the ESCAPE-NET project - Hanno Tan

- OHCA during the COVID -19 pandemic - Enrico Baldi

- Individual socioeconomic level and survival chances after OHCA - Laura van Dongen

- Dispatch of lay responders to out-of-hospital cardiac arrests - Ellinor Berglund

- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation-Associated Lung Edema (CRALE) - a translational study - Aurora Magliocca

Zoom: Live Q & A with Fabrice Muamba and the physicians that treated him. Ask your questions to them directly and get a live response by one of them

17:00 - 17:30 CEST

Guidelines ERC - Advanced Life Support

18:00 - 19:00 CEST

Scientific moderators: Maria Georgiou & Jas Soar



In hospital - Therese Djärv

Defib - Charles Deakin 

Airway - Jerry Nolan

Drugs - Gavin Perkins

ECPR - Pierre Carli

Guidelines ERC - Post Resuscitation Care

19:30 - 20:30 CEST

Scientific moderators: Jerry Nolan & Clare Morden



Urgent coronary angiography after cardiac arrest - Alain Cariou

Haemodynamic and ventilation targets - Markus Skrifvars

Prognostication - Claudio Sandroni

Rehabilitation after cardiac arrest - Kirstie Haywood


Fireside discussion of Hot Topics

21:00 - 22:00 CEST

Scientific moderators: Jas Soar, Jessica Rogers & Anna Bichmann


Panel: Benjamin Abella, Koen Monsieurs, Jerry Nolan & Hildigunnur Svavarsdóttir

Friday 26 March 2021

World Restart a Heart

08:00 - 09:00 CEST

World Restart a Heart - Results from 2020 and activities for 2021

Scientific moderators: Bernd W. Böttiger, Andy Lockey, Sabine Nabecker



American Heart Association - Dianne Atkins

Arab Resuscitation Council - Abdulmajeed Khan

Asia - Lim Swee Han

Australia and New Zealand - Kevin Nation

Canada - Farhan Bhanji

Europe - Nadine Rott & Carlo Clarens

India - Siddha SC Chakra Rao

South Africa - Kathy Bodmer

South America - Naomi Kondo Nakagawa

Sri Lanka - Nilmini Wijesuriya

ESAIC representative - Bernd W. Böttiger

IFRC - Pascal Cassan

WFSA representative - Jannicke Mellin- Olsen

Discussion - All

Guidelines ERC - Special circumstances

09:00 - 10:00 CEST

Scientific moderators: Carsten Lott & Chris Bishop



Scope and overview - Carsten Lott

Hypovolaemia - TCA - Karl Thies

Electrolyte disorders - Hyperkalaemia - Annette Alfonzo

Hypothermia - Peter Paal

Coronary thrombosis - Violeta González-Salvado

Toxic Agents - Alessandro Barelli

Pulmonary embolism - Anatolij Truhlář

Summary + Discussion - Carsten Lott, All

Research NET - part 2

10:00 - 11:15 CEST

Scientific moderators: Bernd W. Böttiger, Gavin Perkins & Sebastian Schnaubelt



The ERC Research NET - Welcome, success and further perspectives - Bernd W. Böttiger & Gavin Perkins

Two programs for schoolchildren: a 40- minute with handmade low-cost manikin and the 120-minute with intermediate fidelity manikin - Naomi Kondo Nakagawa

Innovation in BLS-AED training in schools and beyond: the AED Training Box - Jean Louis Clint

Results from Ensure, PEACE and COVID-19 studies - Simone Savastano

Smartphone Compression Feedback Device for CPR - SPECIFIC: First results - Stephan Birkmaier

Recent studies in resuscitation - Artem Kuzovlev

mRNA as a novel biomarkers for prognostication after cardiac arrest - Yasmeen Taalab

REBOA in non- traumatic cardiac arrest - a new field of research - Robert Greif & Anja Levis

ERC Research NET plans and Perspectives - All

Guidelines ERC - Paediatrics

10:30 - 11:30 CEST

Scientific moderators: Patrick Van de Voorde & Kasper Lauridsen



PLS- pre-arrest - Jana Djakow

PBLS - Dominique Biarent

PALS- Nigel Turner

Infection Control considerations during Emergency Care

11:00 - 12:00 CEST

Infection Control considerations during Emergency Care & the use of i-gel® supraglottic airway and i-view™ & video laryngoscope in the resuscitation setting. (Intersurgical)

Zoom: Airway devices and filtration during resuscitation (INTERSURGICAL)

12:00 - 12:30 CEST

Guidelines ERC - Newborn Life Support

12:00 - 13:00 CEST

Scientific moderators: John Madar & Franziska Markel



Introduction and overview - John Madar

Cord management and thermal care - Charles Roehr

Assessment and stimulation - Mario Rüdiger

Airway and breathing- Tomasz Szczapa

Chest compressions, drugs and prognosis - Jonathan Wyllie

Completing your cardiac arrest (STRYKER)

12:30 - 13:30 CEST


Mark Whitbread M.Sc.

Consultant Paramedic 

ECG/Resuscitation Specialist Educator 

Topic Overview 

This webinar will explore the often-forgotten link in the cardiac arrest. 

The important link of data and its value in understanding the effectiveness of the resuscitation attempt and how we can improve. 

Real life data will be discussed and show the true importance of downloading data from YOUR cardiac arrest to allow hot debriefing as well as planning for the future. 

Speaker Bio 

Having over 30 years of acute care experience including hospital and pre- hospital and currently working as a Consultant Paramedic, Mark holds an MSc in Cardiology and continues to undertake regular clinical shifts. 

Marks main area of expertise is pre-hospital acute cardiac care and he has been instrumental in developing several cardiac care strategies, which have been acknowledged as an example of excellence both nationally and internationally. 

In addition, Mark has been an investigator in several pre-hospital cardiac research trials.


12:30 - 13:30 CEST

Chair: Jessica Rogers

Judges: Federico Semeraro & Clare Morden



Jacqueline Eleonora

Nino Fijačko

Bibiana Metelmann

Bernhard Kowalski

Laurence Orchard

Tommaso Scquizzato


For more information on this competition, click here


Guidelines ERC - Education

13:30 - 14:30 CEST

Scientific moderators: Robert Greif, Salma Shammet & Sabine Nabecker



The principles of medical education applied to resuscitation - Patricia Conaghan

Teaching high-quality resuscitation and its effect on outcome - Andy Lockey

Technology enhanced education and simulation to teach resuscitation - Joyce Yeung

Faculty development to improve education for different target groups - Jan Breckwoldt

The solution of CPR in COVID-19 (SunLife)

14:00 - 15:00 CEST

Mr. Tony Liu, SunLife international marketing specialist, analyzes the cause of COVID-19 cardia arrest and introduces SunLife's solution for cardiac arrest in this global pandemic

Restarting ERC courses in 2021

14:30 - 15:45 CEST

Scientific moderators: Koen Monsieurs, Robert Greif & Patricia Conaghan



Restarting ILS/ALS courses - Carsten Lott

Restarting BLS courses - Federico Semeraro

Restarting PLS courses - Patrick Van de Voorde

Restarting NLS courses - John Madar

Zoom: What's new in resuscitation from Laerdal Medical

15:00 - 15:30 CEST

Guidelines ERC - First Aid

15:00 - 16:00 CEST

Scientific moderators: David Zideman & Jessica Rogers



Management of heat stroke by cooling - Nici Singletary

Cooling of thermal burns - Therese Djärv

Dental avulsion - Vere Borra

Recognition of stroke - Daniel Meyran

Presyncope - Pascal Cassan

Cardiac Arrests in Rural Scotland, and some of the unique challenges and solutions we have there. (Laerdal)

15:55 - 16:30 CEST

By Steven Short - Programme Lead, Scottish Ambulance Service

Closing Ceremony

16:30 - 17:00 CEST


Thank you to all participants - Koen Monsieurs

Prizes Young ERC - Koen Monsieurs & Jessica Rogers

Future congress - Koen Monsieurs & Uwe Kreimeier