Course Description

The FCCS is a two-day course designed to prepare non-intensivists to manage critically ill and injured patients for the first 24 hours until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be secured.

Participants will benefit from a comprehensive series of integrated lectures and focused skill stations that reinforce:

  • Recognition and assessment of the critically ill adult
  • Airway management
  • Diagnosis and management of acute respiratory failure
  • Mechanical ventilation 1 & 2
  • Basic trauma and burn management
  • Pregnancy
  • Life threatening infections
  • Management of life-threatening electrolytes & metabolic disturbances
  • Monitoring blood flow, oxygenation and acid base balance
  • Neurologic support diagnosis and management of acute shock
  • Acute coronary syndromes
  • Sepsis
  • Integrated brain injury

Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • Prioritize assessment needs for the critically ill patient
  • Select appropriate diagnostic tests
  • Identify and respond to significant changes in the unstable patient
  • Identify and initiate the management of acute life-threatening conditions
  • Explain the need for patient transfer and prepare the practitioners for optimally accomplishing the transfer
  • Describe the diagnostic reasoning for acute clinical situations
  • Discuss evidence based treatment guidelines for acute clinical situations
  • Review management guidelines for treatment of system specific acute illness

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