The following online course is designed to improve your students’ knowledge of the fundamentals of the clinical practice of critical care and is ideal for those new to critical care patients or as a refresher to those who have been has away from critical care practice for an extended time.​​​​

 Instructor Tools - FCCS

This course is designed for use by a qualified instructor using online tools. This program is also available in other formats (see below).

This important online course addresses fundamental management principles for the first 24 hours of critical care. This course is ideal for the non-intensivist who needs to manage a critical care patient until appropriate care consultation or transfer can be arranged. It also provides an excellent foundation for residents and other trainees and includes a comprehensive textbook.

The FCCS course was prepared under the direction of the SCCM by leading international multiprofessional critical care educators in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, pharmacy and nursing.

Important Note: This version of the course is only available to those individuals that have met the requirements of the FCCS Instructor Program. If you are not yet a qualified FCCS instructor or director, but are interested in becoming an instructor, the first step is registering and passing an instructor course which is only available through the live in-person educational events including at the SCCM Annual Congress.

Online vs. Live Course
The instructor-led online version of this program relieves the instructor of gathering students into a single classroom and providing instruction for the many lectures required for this course. Instead the students receive links to the course hosted in the SCCM Learning Management System, where they automatically receive the pre-test, view the lectures and listen to a professionally recorded version of the audio for each chapter, download PDF’s of the slides for note taking, and interact with the program through pop quizzes and other interactive content. Students may leave and return to continue where they left off. The course director/coordinator views student progress via an online dashboard until the student completes the lectures by taking the post-test. Pre/post test scores are provided to both the student and the course director/coordinator. Each student is then given the skills stations by the course director/coordinator at the hosting institution. Thus the online version of the course greatly relieves the burden of hosting this program.
  • Course Purpose
    • To better prepare the non-intensivist for the first 24 hours of management of the critically ill patient until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged.
    • To assist the non-intensivist in dealing with sudden deterioration of the critically ill patient.
    • To prepare house staff for ICU coverage.
    • To prepare nurses and other critical care practitioners to deal with acute deterioration in the critically ill patient.
  • Course Objectives
    • Prioritize assessment needs for the critically ill patient.
    • Select appropriate diagnostic tests.
    • Identify and respond to significant changes in the unstable patient.
    • Recognize and initiate management of acute life-threatening conditions.
    • Determine the need for expert consultation and/or patient transfer and prepare the practitioner for optimally accomplishing transfer.
  • This online course includes:
    • Pre- and Post-Tests
      Online pre- and post-tests validate the learners’ knowledge accrual following participation in the online FCCS Course. Tests have been structured to reflect the course content.   Instructors view student progress and test results via an online dashboard.

    • Course Textbook
      The FCCS textbook (English) is recommended for each student (and ordered separately from the online license.) Ideally students are provided the text prior to starting the online program. Post course, the text remains an excellent desktop reference for the student. The text is comprised of 16 chapters and is appropriate for primary care physicians, emergency physicians, residents and fellows, physicians' assistants, nurses, and other personnel who care for the critically ill and injured.

    • Topics covered:
      • Recognition and Assessment of the Seriously Ill Patient
      • Airway Management
      • Cardiopulmonary/Cerebral Resuscitation
      • Diagnosis and Management of Acute Respiratory Failure
      • Mechanical Ventilation
      • Monitoring Blood Flow, Oxygenation, and Acid-Base Status
      • Diagnosis and Management of Shock
      • Neurologic Support
      • Basic Trauma and Burn Support
      • Acute Coronary Syndromes
      • Life-Threatening Infections: Diagnosis and Antimicrobial Therapy Selection
      • Management of Life-Threatening Electrolyte and Metabolic Disturbances
      • Special Considerations
      • Critical Care in Pregnancy
      • Ethics in Critical Care Medicine
      • Critical Care in Infants and Children: The Basics

    • Appendices
      The text also includes several important appendices with content that serves as reference material on current critical care practice. These include:
      • Medical Emergency Teams
      • Endotracheal Intubation
      • Airway Adjuncts
      • Advanced Life Support Algorithms
      • Defibrillation/Cardioversion
      • Intraosseous Needle Insertion
      • Temporary Transcutaneous Cardiac Pacing
      • Thoracostomy
      • Arterial Catheterization
      • Brain Death and Organ Donation
      • Tetanus Immunoprophylaxis for the Injured Patient
      • Unfractionated Heparin Anticoagulation
      • Short ACTH Stimulation Test
      • Thromboprophylaxis for Venous Thromboembolism
      • Pediatric Normal Values
      • Simulation in FCCS

    • Skills Stations
      Skills training is not included in the online format, but instead provided by the instructor for a true hands-on learning experience for your students. Details of setting up and running the skills stations are included in the online program director/coordinator materials.

    • Program Director/Coordinator Support Materials
      The program director/coordinator materials are comprehensive and similar to those used for the live, in-person courses. The materials include skill station equipment requirements, instructor responsibilities, instructor latitude, how to market the course to potential students, etc.

    • Presentation Format
      The FCCS 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 once the license is processed and remains available to the students and teacher for four weeks for each student group. Note that instructor credentials are checked before access is granted to the program. 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].)

    • Certificates
      At the completion of the program students with successful examination results of 70% or higher receive certificates and wallet cards which are mailed to the Course Director/Coordinator to distribute.

    • CE/CME
      CE/CME will be provided for physicians, nurses, pharmacists and respiratory therapists through SCCM for the online modules only
    • Pricing Site License: (for online course, unlimited number of students and administrative materials)
      Identify your price tier.

      Select the Appropriate Link Below To Purchase
        Single Course Unlimited License
      For Profit Healthcare $3,600 $13,200
      Nonprofit Industrialized $2,250 $8,250
      Nonprofit Developing $1,500 $5,500
      Nonprofit Impoverished $600 $2,200

    • Textbooks
      • Industrialized (English) $55 per book plus shipping/handling
      • Developing (English) $38 per book plus shipping/handling
      • Impoverished (English) $16 per book plus shipping/handling
Please contact the SCCM Hospital Relations Specialist with any questions.

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. Both of the instructor led formats include clinical skills stations

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