Welcome to the third edition of The Big Sick conference series. Thanks to a fantastic line-up of speakers and guests the first two meetings were hugely successful and memories for a lifetime. Now we’re ready to have another go, we are going back to Zermatt for TBS20.

TBS20 is going to be a small, friendly and informal conference about critical care and emergency medicine, specifically about the first hours of managing our sickest patients. We invite the biggest names in our fields of medicine to provide us with world-class state of the art teaching.

TBS20 is also a hugely social event. In Zermatt, our speakers and guests interact seamlessly not only during the lecture session but also during the evenings and on the slopes. Key to achieving this kind of learning, networking and discussions is to keep TBS small. Seats are going to be limited. 


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Getting to Zermatt is fairly, but not entirely, straightforward. Those of you travelling from abroad are likely to come in through Geneva, Zurich or Milan airports. From there you simply take the train, via Visp, to get to Zermatt. We recommend that you book the train tickets on-line in advance as it is cheaper.

The legendary four-star Hotel Alex in Zermatt will be our venue and the beating heart of the conference. The Alex is  only a few minutes walk from the Zermatt railway station. All lecture sessions will held in their main conference facility. With the exception of the occasional off-site session, most workshops, meetings as well as social events will happen here.

As the Alex is the epicentre of anything happening at TBS20 you may want to book a room at the Hotel Alex or the really nearby Hotel Schweizerhof.  As you make your reservation, please remember to ask for the TBS20 conference rate. Alternatively, Hotel Bahnhof, also very close to the Alex, offers affordable rooms and hostel style lodging.

For further options check airbnb,, or similar sites.


Resort Hotel Alex, Bodmenstrasse 12, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

Contact: +41 27 966 70 70 or

Hotel Schweizerhof, Bahnhofstrasse 5, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

Contact: Tel. +41 (0)27 966 00 00 or

Hotel Bahnhof, Bahnhofpl. 54, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

Contact: Tel. +41 (0)27 967 2406 or




Like previous years we are going to base ourselves on themed sessions in the mornings and afternoons/evenings. These will be held in the Hotel Alex conference room.

If you are planning to go skiing during the day or plan to participate in scenario demonstrations we advise you to come dressed for the hills, with skis, already in the morning. February can get very cold in Zermatt, so dress appropriately. Coffee and refreshements will be provided throughout. For a comprehensive list of our speakers and their bios please see our speakers list.

Wednesday evening is the workshop/industry night where our Centurions of Simulation, Carmine Della Vella (@airwaygladiator) and Erika Panaro, collaborates with our sponsors and some of our speakers to create a workshop mingle session in the bar area of the Hotel Alex. For many, this was a highlight of the 2018 and -19 editions of TBS. Don’t miss this.

Also make sure to sigbn up for the Thursday night dinner! We have a great dinner speaker lined up for you.

On Friday afternoon we relocate to the Air Zermatt base facilities for mountain rescue and medicine workshops and demos.








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Peter Bentzer

Peter Bentzer is a senior consultant at the Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care at Helsingborg Hospital, Sweden. He has previously worked clinically in South Africa, Canada and Norway. He is a professor in Anesthesia and Intensive Care at Lund University, Sweden and his research interests include various aspects of fluid resuscitation in the critically ill. He is involved in teaching and examination of specialists in anesthesia and intensive care both at a national and European level.” 

Bernd Böttiger

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Tomasz Darocha

Tomasz and co-workers developed, as first in Poland, the system of qualification for extracorporeal rewarming for patients with deep hypothermia. Hypothermia and especially at its advanced stages is sporadically diagnosed, but its frequency is probably higher than it can be concluded from the official statistics. The treatment methods which were applied in the past were not always effective and the examples of the use of extracorporeal methods are only anecdotes. It was acknowledged that the only manner to improve the treatment effectiveness was to develop a system which would provide holistic care to hypothermic patients -from early identification, through safe transport, to modern and effective options of rewarming and intensive therapy. The system could not operate without a widespread education and information campaign. The cycle of trainings for doctors, nurses, paramedics and Police, Fire Department and other services cooperating with the Deep Hypothermia Treatment Centre was commenced. The specially developed notification system identifies patients in advanced stages of hypothermia at the early stage of rescue procedure as well as supports and coordinates treatment with the consideration of establishment of priorities and application of modern rewarming methods.


Ross Fisher is a Paediatric Surgeon at Sheffield Children's Hospital. As chairman of the UK national paediatric trauma database he also knows more about the epidemiology and management of paediatric trauma than you might think. His alter ego @ffolliet runs a website on presentation skills and together they deliver workshops and presentations intended to challenge established concepts of education and presentation and aim to improve knowledge translation and education within medicine. He learnt to ski, on toothbrushes, some time ago.


Matthieu holds full board certification in anesthesiology and critical care in both France and the UK. He was previously a research fellow at the European Space Agency and holds additional qualifications in mountain, diving and hyperbaric medicine. He worked with the NASA Human Research Program and developed simplified anesthesia protocols for future space exploration missions. He currently pursues a PhD in machine learning applied to intensive care at Imperial College London and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For his work, he received several awards including the first prize of Research and Innovation of the British Royal Society of Medicine. He is an affiliate of Harvard University where he teaches reinforcement learning in healthcare.


Niklas Nielsen is a staff specialist in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at Helsingborg Hospital and associate professor at the Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, Sweden. His research interest is on various aspects of post-cardiac arrest care with focus on targeted temperature management, biomarkers for prediction, trial methodology, trial conduct and follow-up. He was PI for the recent TTM-trial 33°C versus 36°C and is currently leading the TTM2-trial He is involved in the Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine programs at Lund University.

Mathieu Pasquier

Mathieu Pasquier is an emergency physician from the University Hospital of Lausanne in Switzerland (CHUV), in charge of the prehospital sector of the Emergency Department. He is dedicated to prehospital and hospital acute care (trauma and medical emergencies) as well as mountain medicine. He is author of numerous publications on various topics in emergency medicine including several landmark publications on accidental hypothermia. Mathieu has notably developed and validated the HOPE score, which provides a prediction of the survival probability in hypothermic cardiac arrest patients undergoing extra-corporeal life support rewarming ( Outside his research and hospital activities, Mathieu works as a HEMS doctor, including in mountain rescue.


Surgeon Captain Kate Prior is a consultant anaesthetist in the Royal Navy and at King’s College Hospital in London where she does anaesthesia and major trauma. In recent years, her operational military role has taken her to war in Afghanistan and Iraq, Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis and working for the United Nations in South Sudan. As the Training Programme Director for the South East School of Anaesthesia, she is responsible for the training and pastoral care of over 100 civilian and military trainees. She encourages all her trainees to aim high and make their professional aspirations a reality and, for the female trainees, she exemplifies what a woman can achieve in the workplace, particularly in the male-dominated world of the military. Kate was the recipient of the Medical Women’s Federation Centenary Award for an Established Doctor.

Outside of the hospital walls, she provides pre-hospital care for the military, for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and sporting events as diverse as Tough Mudder, the Bramham International Horse Trials and the London Marathon.
Outside work, she dabbles in triathlon, tries not to get killed cycling to work and indulges in holidays, shoes and handbags.

MJ Slabbert

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Rob Mac Sweeney is an intensivist working at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He founded and runs Critical Care Reviews, a free, not-for-profit critical care educational project spanning a website, journal watch facility, newsletter, international meeting, annual book and podcast. He also co-founded a platinium open access journal, Critical Care Horizons. Rob is a passionate believer that scientific advances, especially through publically funded research, should be available to all and works to promote open access to such work through Critical Care Reviews and Critical Care Horizons. (SoMe: | @critcarereviews |

Mark Wilson

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If you already have an invitation, please refer to your conference invitation e-email for details regarding registration and payment. If you have no invitation and would like to attend TBS20, please send us an email at with a very brief presentation of your professional background. The registration fee is set at 750EUR.