Dear Sirs,

Two years have passed since the first Polish Congress „Surviving sepsis” and we can more accurately assess the extent of the damage that sepsis has brought to humanity. The Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA) is revealing this through its initiatives and publications. Last year, the Alliance organized a major event – the 1st World Congress of Sepsis, exclusively web-based. After registration without any congress fees, everyone could listen to the most recent lectures presented by the best experts in the field of sepsis from around the world and keep up with the latest knowledge in this area. The on-line presence of more than 15,000 participants was the best testimony to the success of the event. At the initiative of the GSA, a resolution on sepsis will be passed by the World Health Assembly (WHA) the day before the opening of our Congress! The implementation of that resolution will be the next great and very important step in increasing global awareness of the danger of sepsis. The prevalence of sepsis has been constantly increasing around the world, therefore it is crucial to recognize and treat this deadly syndrome early.
Poland is ranked in the group of countries with high national income. We can manage basic health risks, but we are not able to manage sepsis. Estimates show 25,000 deaths a year. The mortality rate from sepsis (only reported from intensive care units!) is still at 50%. If you do not believe this high number, try to check it!
To raise awareness of the danger, we are organizing a 2nd Polish Sepsis Congress. A lack of proper documenting of the number of sepsis cases will not allow us to escape from the reality and the responsibilities. Sepsis kills. This is a challenge for all medical specialties and only a joint effort will be able to reverse the growing mortality rate from sepsis. That is why this Congress is interdisciplinary. We need specialists in surgical and non-surgical medicine, specialists in basic medical and also in non-medical sciences. The World Sepsis Declaration has given us specific targets. And the WHA resolution confirms the need for subsequent determined activities.
Difficult and complicated issues are best discussed in beautiful places – such as you will find in Wroclaw in May. We welcome you to our city and wish you fruitful debates.

The Chairmen of the Organizing Committee of the 2nd Polish Congress „Survivng Sepsis”
  Dr hab. n. med. Waldemar Goździk   Prof. dr hab. n. med. Andrzej Kubler  
  Waldemar Goździk   Andrzej Kübler  

Success of the first Congress


Congress Programme

25.05.2017 (Thursday)

  Room Acinetobacter
Room Klebsiella
Room Pseudomonas
Room Candida

Inaugural lectures

Chairpersons: Ewa Mayzner-Zawadzka (Olsztyn), Andrzej Nestorowicz (Lublin), Wojciech Gaszynski (Lodz)

1. Sepsis 2017 – still a global health challenge. Konrad Reinhart (Jena, Germany)

2. Perspectives of cytokine elimination in the therapy of sepsis and organ failure. Frank Brunkhorst (Jena, Germany)

3.Sepsis and Polish affair. Andrzej Kübler (Wroclaw)

15:00-15:30 BREAK

Hospital-acquired infections in the ICU

Chairpersons: Lidia Lysenko (Wroclaw), Piotr Knapik (Zabrze), Maciej Zukowski (Szczecin)

1. What do we know about infections in ICU’s in Poland – what do we learn from PPS. Aleksander Deptula (Bydgoszcz)

2. How to monitor infections in the ICU – a pilot study conducted by ECDC. Agnieszka Misiewska-Kaczur (Cieszyn)

3. How to use monitoring – practical rules for the selection of antibiotic therapy. Agnieszka Zukowska (Szczecin)

4. How others monitor and what’s the conclusion? Ewa Trejnowska (Zabrze)


 Extracorporeal treatment of sepsis

ChairpersonsMalgorzata Burzynska (Wroclaw), Romuald Lango (Gdansk), Dariusz Maciejewski (Bielsko-Biala)

1. Extracorporeal elimination of CO. Wojciech Dabrowski (Lublin)

2. Renal replacement therapy – new techniques and goals. Jakub Smiechowicz (Wroclaw)

3. Extracorporeal support of liver function. Wojciech Mielnicki (Wroclaw)

Session for nurses

Chairpersons: Dorota Milecka (Wroclaw), Milan Laurinc (Bratislava, Slovakia), Marta Arendarczyk (Wroclaw)

1. Prevention of invasive meningococcal disease. Malgorzata Radwan (Scientific Consultant of GSK)

2. Sepsis and septic shock-a place and responsibility of nurses in the therapeutic algorithm. Anna Zdun (Warszawa)

3. Surviving Sepsis. Care of the central catheter – to do the same thing, the same way. The recommendations of the working group for the practice. Polish Society of Anaesthetic Nurses and Intensive Care (PTPAiIO). Malgorzata Jadczak (Warszawa)

4. Prevence sepse - checklisty pro prevenci VAP. Renata Zoubkova, Milan Májek, Andrea Vilímková (Ostrava, Czechia)

5. Nursing activities to prevent multi-drug resistant strains in the IT department - Schulke

17:00-17:30 BREAK

Progress in the diagnosis of sepsis

Chairpersons: Janusz Trzebicki (Warszawa), Adam Mikstacki (Poznan), Waldemar Gozdzik (Wroclaw)

1. Endotoxemia in ICU patients. Barbara Adamik (Wroclaw)

2. The usefulness of perioperative determination of procalcitonin. Malgorzata Lipinska-Gediga (Wroclaw)

3. Sterile blood in patients with sepsis and in healthy people – truth or myth? Tomasz Gosiewski (Krakow)

Different approaches to the treatment of hospital-acquired infections – Pfizer’s antibiotics

Chairpersons: Lidia Lysenko (Wroclaw), Grzegorz Wallner (Lublin)

1. Comparing bactericidal and bacteriostatic antibiotics – the importance in intensive therapy. Lidia Lysenko (Wroclaw)

2. Safety profile of anidulafungin for the treatment of invasive candidiasis based on the selected clinical cases. Malgorzata Symonides (Warszawa)

3. New challenge – KPC. Agnieszka Misiewska-Kaczur (Cieszyn)

Session for nurses

Chairpersons: Sylwia Krzeminska (Wroclaw), Renata Zoubkova (Ostrava, Czechia), Jovan Filipovic (Belgrade, Serbia)

1. Sepsis prevention in ophthalmology. Slavica Timic (Belgrade, Serbia)

2. Význam adekvátní výživy před operací v prevenci sepie. Andrea Vylicilova, Andrea Vilímková, Renata Zoubkova (Ostrava, Czechia)

3. Sepsis in ICU. Renata Szafranska (Wroclaw)

4. Citosorb at patients with septic shock. Jovan Filipovic (Belgrade, Serbia)

5. Prevention of infection in children operated to oesophageal atresia. Anna Rozensztrauch, Robert Smigiel (Wroclaw)

7. Osetrovatelska starostlivost o dieta s otvorenym hrudnikom po kardiochirurgickiej operacii – prevencia komplikacii. Milan Laurinc, Bratowa Andrea, Gondarova-Vyhnickova Helena, Nano Frantisek, Kormanikova Viera (Bratislava, Slovakia)

8. Prevention of sepsis and the workload of nurses anaesthetic. Elzbieta Ostrowska (Wroclaw)

9. Prevence poranění ostrými předměty, nebo průzkum mezi budoucími sestrami. Tomas Valek (Brno, Czechy)

Emergency Medicine’s role in the diagnosis and treatment of sepsis

Chairperson: Juliusz Jakubaszko (Wrocław), Andrzej Zawadzki (Warszawa)

1. New SSC recommendations – a new challenge for emergency medicine? Juliusz Jakubaszko (Wrocław)

2. "The golden hour" in sepsis – can we diagnose it early in the Emergency Department? Ewa Raniszewska (Gdańsk)

3. The importance of microbiological testing in the Emergency Department. Andrzej Basiński (Gdańsk)

4. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy in septic shock. Janusz Sokołowski (Wrocław)




Evening accompanying get-together will be held in the WCC foyer (Wystawowa 1 St.). Star of the evening will be guitarist Krzysztof Pelech, whose concert will start at 20:00.

26.05.2017 (Friday)

  Room AcinetobacterRoom KlebsiellaRoom PseudomonasRoom Candida

Session of the Clinical Microbiology Society

Chairpersons: Marzenna Bartoszewicz (Wroclaw), Beata Kowalska-Krochmal (Wroclaw)

1Biofilm formation by coagulase-negative staphylococci – is it the cause of sepsis? Marzenna Bartoszewicz (Wroclaw)

2. Known and unknown fungal pathogens as the cause of fungemia. Urszula Nawrot (Wroclaw)

3. Multiresistant strains of Klebsiella – epidemiology of hospital infections, possibilities of prevention and therapy. Beata Maczynska (Wroclaw)

4. Blood cultures – difficulties with interpretation of results. Beata Kowalska-Krochmal (Wroclaw)

5. Application of Solid Phase Microextraction (SPME) for the detection of metabolites produced by microorganisms causing sepsis. The results of in vitro studies. Wyniki badań in vitro. Adam Junka (Wroclaw)

 Session dedicated to the Polish-Swedish cooperation, Stockholm/Wroclaw

Chairpersons: Claes Frostell (Stockholm, Sweden), Waldemar Gozdzik (Wroclaw)

1. Introduction. Waldemar Gozdzik (Wroclaw)

2.Limitation order of medical therapy (LOMT). Claes Frostell (Stockholm, Sweden)

3. Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) – experience from Danderyd University Hospital. Johanna Albert (Stockholm, Sweden)

4. Coagulation disorders in sepsis. Barbara Adamik (Wroclaw)

Severe infections – current challenges

Chairpersons: Lidia Lysenko (Wroclaw), Malgorzata Lipinska-Gediga (Wroclaw), Janusz Andres (Krakow)

1. aHUS: Essential Aspects of an Accurate Diagnosis & Management. Ana Ávila Bernabeu (Valencia, Spain)

2. The usefulness of PCT in the ICU. Mariusz Piechota (Lodz)

3. Principles of antibiotic therapy in sepsis – 2016 Guidelines. Barbara Tamowicz (Poznan)

4. Assessment of the clinical status of patients with sepsis – prognostic scales. Marek Welna (Wroclaw)
11:00-11:30 BREAK

Infectious diseases – current issues

Chairpersons: Andrzej Gladysz (Wroclaw), Brygida Knysz (Wroclaw)

1. Infectious diseases: still an epidemiological and clinical problem? Brygida Knysz (Wroclaw)

2. Worrying symptoms in persons returning from the tropics – things to remember. Waclaw Nahorski (Gdansk)

3. Markers of inflammation in selected infectious diseases and immunosuppression. Tomasz Mikula (Warszawa)

4. Female patient with Ebola fever in the ICU: own experience. Agnieszka Walecka (London, UK)

 Progress in infectious medicine

Chairpersons: Waleria Hryniewicz (Warszawa), Zbigniew Rybicki (Warszawa), Anna Przondo-Mordarska (Wroclaw)

1. New antimicrobials for the treatment of sepsis in the ICU. George Zhanel (Manitoba, Kanada)

2. Glycoconjugate vaccines and what we can learn from them. Joanna Kübler-Kielb (Bethesda, USA)

3. Guidelines for Pre-clinical Sepsis Modeling: a futile whim or feasible necessity? Marcin Osuchowski (Vien, Austria)

4. Satellite lecture of GSK: Influence of universal vaccination programs on the epidemiology of invasive pneumococcal disease in children. Alicja Ksiazek (Warszawa)

 Defeat sepsis = understand sepsis

Chairpersons: Ewa Mayzner-Zawadzka (Olsztyn), Ryszard Rotaub (Warszawa), Janusz Trzebicki (Warszawa)

1. Blood infections – microbiological diagnostics in clinical practice. Marta Wroblewska (Warszawa)

2. Solutions and strategies to combat antimicrobial resistance.* Yossi Sammy (Johannesburg, South Africa)

3. Progress in the diagnosis of sepsis – fiction or fact? Ewa Mayzner-Zawadzka (Olsztyn), Janusz Trzebicki (Warszawa)

13:30-14:30 BREAK

Session of the National Programme for the Protection of Antibiotics

Chairpersons: Waleria Hryniewicz (Warszawa), Lidia Lysenko (Wroclaw), Andrzej Kübler (Wroclaw)

1. Severe community acquired infections treated in the ICU. Maciej Zukowski (Szczecin)

2.Strategy for the treatment of multidrug-resistant bacterial infections. Waleria Hryniewicz (Warszawa)

3. Infection control in the ICU. Tomasz Ozorowski (Poznan)

Sepsis in the pediatric population

Chairpersons: Marzena Zielinska (Wroclaw), Ryszard Lauterbach (Krakow)

1. Feeding of the newborns and infants in sepsis. Ryszard Lauterbach (Krakow)

2. Different PK and PD during pharmacotherapy of children with sepsis. Alicja Bartkowska-Sniatkowska (Poznan)

3. Respiratory therapy of children in sepsis. Marzena Zielinska (Wroclaw)

4. Satellite lecture of GSK: Prophylaxis of meningococcal sepsis in the pediatric population. Daniel Budzynski (Warszawa)

Progress in the treatment of sepsis

Chairpersons: Grazyna Durek (Wroclaw), Wojciech Dabrowski (Lublin), Jakub Smiechowicz (Wroclaw)

1. Fluid therapy in sepsis and multiorgan failure. Wojciech Dabrowski (Lublin)

2. Glucose control in sepsis. Andrzej Kübler (Wroclaw)

3. Immunoglobulins in sepsis. Andrzej Wieczorek (Lodz)

Poster session

Chairpersons: Barbara Tamowicz (Poznan), Janusz Trzebicki (Warszawa), Stanislaw Zielinski (Wroclaw)
16:00-16:30 BREAK

 Organs in sepsis – 2017

Chairpersons: Maria Wujtewicz (Gdansk), Andrzej Nestorowicz (Lublin)

1. Brain in sepsis. Grażyna Durek (Wroclaw)

2. Circulation in sepsis. Mariusz Piechota (Lodz)

3. Lung in sepsis. Dariusz Maciejewski (Bielsko-Biala)

4. Kidneys in sepsis. Krzysztof Kusza (Poznan)

 Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of antibiotics in sepsis

Chairpersons: Wieslawa Duszynska (Wroclaw), Zbigniew Rybicki (Warszawa)

1. Application of the principles of PK/PD antibiotics modeling to improve the effectiveness and safety of treatment in patients with sepsis. Wieslawa Duszynska (Wroclaw)

2. Treatment of multidrug-resistant infections based on the PK/PD modeling. Zbigniew Rybicki (Warszawa)

3. Adverse effects of antibiotics based in their pharmacokinetic properties. Anna Wiela-Hojenska (Wroclaw)

4. Application of the principles of PK/PD modeling and therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) of antibiotics – pharmacoeconomic issues. Pawel Petryszyn (Wroclaw)

 Poster session

Chairpersons: Malgorzata Burzynska (Wroclaw), Barbara Barteczko-Grajek (Wroclaw), Marceli Lukaszewski (Wroclaw)

Poster session – nurses' papers

1. Nursing activities affecting the reduction of infections in the IU. Sylwia Krzeminska, Adriana Borodzicz, Marta Arendarczyk  (Wroclaw)

2. The role of monitoring the risk of infection in the prevention of septic complications in patients. Sylwia Durlej-Kot (Wroclaw)

3. Results of implementation of WHO program "Clean Care is Safer Care" in surgical units. Sylwia Mietkiewicz, Danuta Dyk, Bozena Siczynska (Poznan)

4. Comprehensive patient care with an infected wound. Izabela Kuberka, Aleksandra Koltuniuk, Monika Michalak, Joanna Rosinczuk, Aleksandra Pytel (Wroclaw)

5. The role of the nurse in the feeding of patient with sepsis. Anna Kostka (Wroclaw)

6. Prevention of the septic shock in special situations at the PICU. Justyna Oskiewicz (Wroclaw)

27.05.2017 (Saturday)

  Room AcinetobacterRoom KlebsiellaRoom Pseudomonas
Room Candida

Extracorporeal blood oxygenation

Chairpersons: Waldemar Gozdzik (Wroclaw), Konstanty Szuldrzynski (Krakow), Rafał Drwila (Krakow)

1. Perioperative use of ECMO after cardiac surgery. Karol Mudy (Minneapolis, USA)

2. ECMO in cardiogenic shock. Katarzyna Hryniewicz (Minneapolis, USA)

3. Pathophysiology of ECMO in sepsis. Hakan Kalzen (Stockholm, Sweden)

Challenges in sepsis therapy

Chairpersons: Ewa Trejnowska (Zabrze), Adam Mikstacki (Poznan)

1. Long-term outcomes of sepsis. Malgorzata Mikaszewska-Sokolewicz (Warszawa)

2. Procalcitonin-guided antibiotic stewardship in sepsis. Barbara Adamik (Wroclaw)

3. Immune disorders in sepsis – a new approach to the therapy. Lidia Lysenko (Wroclaw)

Infections in surgery

Chairpersons: Zygmunt Grzebieniak (Wroclaw), Wojciech Kielan (Wroclaw), Mirosław Gibek (Wroclaw)

1. Postoperative delirium as an indicator of sepsis. Krzysztof Bielecki, Barbara Jozefacka (Warszawa)

2. Intestinal ischemia and sepsis. Jadwiga Snarska (Olsztyn)

3. Reoperations – difficult problem in abdominal surgery. Marcin Zawadzki, Aleksander Stal, Wojciech Kielan, Zygmunt Grzebieniak (Wroclaw)

4. Tertiary peritonitis. The diagnosis and treatment. Zygmunt Grzebieniak, Wojciech Kielan, Anil Agrawal, Grzegorz Marek (Wroclaw)

10:30-11:00 BREAK

Medical and legal issues in the diagnosis and treatment of sepsis (errors and adverse events) 

Chairpersons: Tomasz Jurek (Wroclaw), Andrzej Kübler (Wroclaw)

1. The liability of physicians for errors in sepsis management. Tomasz Jurek, Marta Rorat (Wroclaw)

2. The causes of medical errors in sepsis – an analysis of cases. Marta Rorat (Wroclaw)

3. Plenary discussion.


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Organizing Committee


Andrzej Kübler

Waldemar Goździk



Irena Werycho



Barbara Adamik

Łukasz Stróżecki

Marzena Zielińska

Stanisław Zieliński


Scientific Committee


Andrzej Kübler

Waldemar Goździk



Barbara Adamik



Janusz Andres Krzysztof Kusza
Alicja Bartkowska-Śniatkowska Romuald Lango
Andrzej Basiński Lidia Łysenko
Krzysztof Bielecki Dariusz Maciejewski
Małgorzata Bulanda Ewa Mayzner-Zawadzka
Wojciech Dąbrowski Adam Mikstacki
Rafał Drwiła Andrzej Nestorowicz
Grażyna Durek Radosław Owczuk
Wiesława Duszyńska Mariusz Piechota
Wojciech Gaszyński Anna Przondo-Mordarska
Andrzej Gładysz Zbigniew Rybicki
Zygmunt Grzebieniak Janusz Trzebicki
Waleria Hryniewicz Maria Wujtewicz
Juliusz Jakubaszko Marzena Zielińska
Tomasz Jurek Brygida Knysz
Wojciech Kielan Piotr Knapik

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