The new Fundamental Critical Care Support ( FCCS ), Fifth
Edition textbook, has been expanded and rewritten to reflect current
guidelines and practices on caring for the critically ill and
injured patients. a user-friendly format and appendices provide
What is the Fundamental
Critical Care Support (FCCS) Course?
The Society of Critical Care Medicine's (SCCM) internationally
renowned two-day FCCS course is the go-to resource for training non-intensivists,
house staff, nurses, or other critical care practitioners how to
manage critically ill and injured patients effectively. Through
didactic lectures, small group discussion with clinical scenario
questions and skill stations with hands-on instruction and
experience, the FCCS course will help to disseminate basic concepts
of critical care to all professionals who may be called upon to care
for severely ill patients. The FCCS course offers new pre-and
post-tests for measuring participants' growth . Individuals who
successfully complete the required provider or instructor course
will receive a Certificate of Successful Completion.
Why should I attend this FCCS
The FCCS Course offers an approach to initial management of the
critically ill patient for providers
not formally trained in critical care. Participants will learn
useful information about the extended care of critically ill
patients, especially care related to mechanical ventilation,
hypoperfusion, and neurological support. Providers will receive
guidance for acute problems
encountered in the ICU and for sudden patient deterioration.
The FCCS Course content is an ideal curriculum for critical care
residency training programs.
Who is eligible to become an FCCS Instructor?
FCCS Instructor applicants may
become Instructors in any of the FCCS Provider courses as well as
Instructor Courses. The necessary credentials to become an
- Successful completion of
the provider and instructor components of the FCCS course
- Intensivist (determined by
country of residence)
- Physician board
certified/eligible in critical care
- Nurse certified in critical
care and/or baccalaureate or higher degree.
Note: FCCS instructor
status is renewed every two years either by attendance at a course
participating in teaching at least one course every two years
- 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
- 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.
- Prioritize assessment needs
for critically ill and injured patients.
- Select appropriate
- Identify and respond to
significant changes in unstable patients.
- Recognize and initiate
management of acute life threatening conditions.
- Determine the need for
expert consultation and/or patient transfer.