The FCCS Curriculum is intended to introduce principles important in the initial care of critically ill/injured patients to physicians, physicians-in-training, nurses and other healthcare providers who may or may not be skilled in critical care, but who must care for such patients during early stabilization and in anticipation of the arrival of an intensivist, specialist or pending transfer of the patient to a tertiary center. As such, the course is designed:
- To better prepare the non-intensivist for the first 24 hours managing the critically ill patient until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged.
- To assist the non-intensivist respond to sudden deterioration of the critically ill patient.
- To prepare house staff for ICU coverage.
- To prepare nurses and other critical care practitioners manage acute deterioration in the critically ill patient.
Educational Objectives: At the conclusion of the program, the participant should be able to:
- Prioritize assessment needs for the critically ill or injured.
- 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 a transfer.