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

This online course addresses fundamental management principles for the first 24 hours of critical care of the pediatric patient. This course is ideal for the non-intensivist who needs to manage a pediatric 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.

Available Spring 2012

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

Important Note: This version of the course is only available to those individuals that have met the requirements of the PFCCS Instructor Program. If you are not yet a qualified PFCCS instructor, coordinator 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 coordinator/director 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 post-resuscitation management of the critically
  • ill pediatric patient until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged.
  • To prepare non-intensivists, nurses, and critical care practitioners in dealing with acute deterioration of the critically ill pediatric patient.
  • To assist the non-intensivist in dealing with sudden deterioration of a previously stable patient.
  • To prepare house staff for PICU coverage.
Course Objectives
  • Prioritize assessment needs for the critically ill or injured infant and child.
  • Select appropriate diagnostic tests.
  • Identify and respond to significant changes in the unstable pediatric 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.
Intended Audience

Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support (PFCCS) is designed to prepare health care providers caring for unstable, critically ill, or injured pediatric patients. Likely participants include:
  • Hospitalists caring for potentially unstable, critically ill or injured pediatric patients.
  • Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants with limited pediatric practice
  • Rapid Response/Medical Emergency Team members
  • Critical care fellows beginning their training
  • Emergency medicine physicians who do not routinely care for pediatric patients
  • Nursing caring for complex and potentially unstable patients
  • Pre-hospital providers with lengthy patient transfer times
This online course includes:

Pre- and Post-Tests
Pre- and post-tests validate learners’ knowledge accrual following participation in a PFCCS Course. Tests have been structured to reflect the Course content. Instructors view student progress and test results via an online dashboard.

Course Textbook
The PFCCS 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. Pediatric critical care 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. Chapters include topics unique to the pediatric population, such as: assessment, pediatric airway management, acute and lower airway disease, invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilation; traumatic injuries including burns, shock, transport, sedation, analgesia and pharmacology; neurologic emergencies, electrolyte and metabolic disorders, and acute infections. Other topics include:
  • Management of Congenital Heart Disease
  • Cardiopulmonary/Cerebral Resuscitation
  • Pediatric Disaster Preparedness
  • Poisoning
  • Ethical and Legal Issues
  • Oncologic Emergencies
  • Acute Renal Failure
  • Post-Operative Management
  • Hematology: Coagulation and Transfusion
The text also includes several important appendices with content that serves as reference material on current pediatric critical care practice. These include:
  • Endotracheal Intubation
  • PALS Algorithms
  • Intraosseous Needle Insertion
  • SCCM Practice Parameters
  • Thoracostomy
  • Arterial Line Insertion
  • Central Venous Line Insertion
  • Pediatric Normal Values
  • Transport Templates
  • Airway Adjuncts
  • Common Medications
  • Defibrillation/Cardioversion
  • External Pacing
  • Difficult Airway Algorithm
  • Rapid Response (Medical Emergency)Teams
  • Role of the Hospitalist

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 support 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].)

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 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)

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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

Available Spring 2012

  • Industrialized (English) $55 per book plus shipping/handling
  • Developing (English) $38 per book plus shipping/handling
  • Impoverished (English) $16 per book plus shipping/handling
Other Formats Available
The above program is also available 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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