Fundamental critical care support course free Nov. 4-5

October 26, 2021

Image with caption: Mark Hamill, MD, is the director of the Fundamental Critical Care Support Course.

Mark Hamill, MD, is the director of the Fundamental Critical Care Support Course.

UNMC now offers its Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) Course each month. As the result of an educational grant from the Society of Critical Care Medicine, however, participation in the November course -- to be held Nov. 4-5 on the UNMC Omaha campus -- will be available free of charge.  

FCCS is a two-day course developed by the Society of Critical Care Medicine to better prepare patient care teams in the recognition and initial management of critically ill patients until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged. It also is designed to assist those who manage critically ill patients with sudden deterioration.

Specific topics covered include: 

  • Patient assessment;
  • Respiratory failure;
  • Invasive and non-invasive ventilation;
  • Diagnosis and treatment of shock;
  • Life-threatening infections;
  • Metabolic and electrolyte disorders;
  • Critical illness in pregnancy;
  • Acute coronary syndrome;
  • Trauma and burns;
  • Critical illness in the surgical patient; and
  • Ethical considerations in critical illness. 

The course, a partnership with the UNMC Office of Continuing Education, is taught by experts in the care of patients with critical illness and is geared toward nurses, advanced practice providers, respiratory therapists, physicians, pharmacists, paramedics, medical and surgical residents and health care students.

Individuals who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion from SCCM (valid for four years) and 17.5 hours of continuing education credits. 

For more information about the course or to sign up, contact course coordinator Jessica Bruno via email or by calling 402-559-8884 or course director Mark Hamill, MD, via email.

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