Research focus
  • Acute heart failure, cardiogenic shock
  • Sepsis
  • ARDS
  • Extracorporeal therapies
  • Prognostication in critical care
  • Inhaled sedation on the ICU

Our research focus spans from examining epidemiologic factors for critical illness to prognostic models for short- and long-term outcomes using clinical data as well as tranditional and new biomarkers. One group of specific interest in this are patients in need of extracorporeal therapies like CRRT, ECMO or adsorption therapies. We run projects on prognostication in critical care. Another special interest is the novel use of inhaled sedation in critical care in general and in specific patient populations.

Dr. med. Alexander Kersten
Facharzt für Innere Medizin – Kardiologie, Internistische Intensivmedizin, Herzinsuffizienz 

  • Outcast Trial
  • Long term outcomes of ARDS survivors
  • ECMO therapy: local epidemiology, outcome markers, prognostication
  • Prognostication in critical care
  • Ethical decision making in critical care end of life situations


  • Industrial grant from Jafron Biomedical Co. for a the multicentric IIT “Outcast” on hemoperfusion in sepsis and MOF
  • Teaching at the Medical Faculty in critical care seminars/lectures
  • Teaching at the Medical Faculty in ethical seminars/lectures
  • ECMO instructor
  • Hemoperfusion instructor