The following course is designed to improve your knowledge of the fundamentals of the clinical practice of critical care and is ideal for those who may have responsibility for managing critically ill or injured victims of a disaster.​​​​​​

 Fundamental Disaster Management (FDM)

This version of the FDM course is designed for the individual, self-directed learner using online tools. This program is also available in other formats (see below).

This vital online course prepares healthcare professionals to treat victims of natural or man-made mass casualty events. It arms critical care professionals with the expertise to manage the critical care response to large-scale disasters. This course focuses on critically ill patients who are admitted to the hospital and is a must for healthcare providers who may come in contact with critically ill and/or injured patients after a mass casualty event. (This course does not cover pre-hospital care or pre-hospital triage).

Online course available Spring 2012

Course Purpose
  • To prepare critical care professionals with the specific knowledge and skills necessary to provide appropriate patient care during a disaster in which the number of critically ill and injured individuals will far exceed local ICU capacity and overwhelm inpatient hospital capacity.
  • To assist critical care healthcare professional in identifying institutional and regional risk for natural and/or man-made disasters.
  • To provide a framework for identifying available critical care resources from institutional, local, regional and federal sources.
Course Objectives
  • Identify the core structure and functions of disaster incident management and describe how the critical care response is coordinated by the interfaces with incident managers.
  • List the types of events that are most likely to require a critical care response and describe the anticipated critical care needs of the affected people.
  • Explain the significant changes in organization, staffing, and responsibility that may improve the provision of critical care during a mass casualty.
  • Describe the guiding principle for triage and allocation of scarce critical care resources during a disaster.
  • Demonstrate how to setup and troubleshoot alternative positive pressure ventilation equipment such as the mechanical ventilators maintained by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Strategic National Stockpile.
  • Recognize the emergency situations that require use of personal protective equipment (PPE) or environmental controls while caring for critically ill victims.
Target Audience:
  • Critical care health professionals including physicians, pharmacists, respiratory care professionals, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants.
  • Also, persons who have successfully completed Society of Critical Care Medicine's Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) course and who are expected to have significant critical care responsibilities during an emergency.
This online course includes: Pre- and Post-Tests
Pre- and post-tests validate learners’ knowledge accrual following participation in an FDM Course. Tests have been structured to reflect the Course content. A post-test score of 70% or higher is required for successful course completion and continuing education credit eligibility.

Course Textbook
Disaster management experts have written, reviewed, and organized the text to reflect the most current guidelines and practices. The book is provided in English and is mailed to the participant after registration. The textbook offers specific knowledge and skills necessary to provide appropriate patient care in a mass casualty event. From radiation and chemical exposures to natural disasters, the text includes comprehensive discussion of global and specific concerns, focusing on how to care for patients once they arrive at the hospital. It is a valuable resource for hospital, agency, and community disaster readiness planning. Chapters include:
  • Disaster Preparation for the Critical Care Provider – Setting the Stage
  • Intensive Care Unit Microcosm Within Disaster Medical Response
  • Augmenting Critical Care Capacity During a Disaster
  • Critical Care Management of Chemical Exposures
  • Intentional and Natural Outbreaks of Infectious Disease
  • Critical Care Management of Radiological Exposures
  • Conventional Explosions and Blast Injuries
  • Mass Casualty Burn Care
  • Disasters Produced by Natural Phenomena
  • Caring for Critically Ill Children
  • Delivering Acute Care to Chronically Ill Adults in Shelters
  • Palliative Care and Mental Health Issues
  • Disaster Triage and Allocation of Scarce Resources
  • Sustained Mechanical Ventilation Outside of Traditional Intensive Care Units
  • Personal Protective Equipment and Decontamination Management Strategies
The text also includes several important appendices with content that serves as reference material that will be vital when disasters occur:
  • Medical Aspects of Radiation Injury
  • Internal Contaminant Radionuclides
  • Personal Protective Equipment for Routine Patient Care
  • Enhanced Airborne Precautions for Procedures with High Risk of Aerosolization
Skills Stations
This program includes online simulated skills stations for the following:
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Alternative Positive Pressure Ventilation:
    • Impact 754 ventilator
    • LTV 1200 ventilator
Presentation Format
The FDM online course is presented in English. Presentation materials appear onscreen and include narration and access to slides in Adobe PDF Format. Interactive activities keep the learner engaged. The learner has the ability to leave and return to the course at any time, restarting the program or continuing where the learner left off during the prior session, as well as the ability to go back and review any previously viewed material. The online program is available immediately after purchase and remains available to the registrant for four weeks from date of purchase. The program must be viewed while connected to the Internet. This online program is best viewed using Internet Explorer, although it may also be viewed using other browsers which can view Adobe Flash files. (Not currently compatible with Apple Mobile OS [i.e., iPad, iPhone].) Once you have completed the registration process, you will access the course by logging into

A post-test score of 70% or higher is required for successful course completion and continuing education credit eligibility. The course will provide continuing education credits for physicians, nurses, pharmacists and respiratory therapists.

Students with successful examination results receive FDM Provider certificates (suitable for framing) and wallet cards which are mailed to the registrant within four weeks of successful completion.

Pricing (for online course inclusive of textbook)
Members: $175 plus shipping/handling
Non-Members: $225 plus shipping/handling

Online course available Spring 2012

Other Formats Available
The above program is also available in a traditional, live instructor led format which can be hosted at any institution, meeting or other face-to-face learning event by a qualified instructor. ​

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