Fundamental Critical Care Support

View a demo of Self-Directed FCCSMore than 11,000 clinicians a year on five continents receive Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) training, which prepares non-intensivists to manage critically ill patients for the first 24 hours until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged. The course and its companion text assist the non-intensivist in dealing with the sudden deterioration of critically ill patients and prepares house staff and nurses for ICU coverage. The course is often used to prepare residents for rotations in the ICU.

To apply for an FCCS course license and purchase learners, please visit the Fundamentals portal. A username and password are required to log in. If you do not know this information, please e-mail fccs@sccm.org. Please note that each learner will receive a copy of the book and one certificate will be issued for each learner who successfully completes the course.

The Fundamentals Sales Team is available by phone at +1 847 827-6869 or by e-mail at fccs@sccm.org to answer any questions or to discuss planning.​​​​​

 

 Description

 

The Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) course prepares non-intensivists to manage critically ill patients for the first 24 hours until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged. This course can be licensed and brought to an institution in two ways, through a traditional live, instructor-led course, or an online, instructor-led course. Both course methods share the same:

  • 17 didactic lectures
  • 9 case-based skill stations
  • Pre- and posttests
  • Companion textbook
  • Certificate of successful course completion
  • Requirements for successful course completion: attend all didactic sessions, successfully complete all skill stations, and achieve a score of 70% or higher on the posttest

At the completion of the course, learners will be able to:

  • 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.

Participation in, or completion of, this course does not confer any credential, nor does it satisfy any board certification requirement apart from the continuing education credit if offered for it. This course is not intended to replace, override, or conflict with any licensing or credentialing requirements.

Traditional Licensed Course
A live, instructor-led, two-day course is the traditional method for delivering the FCCS course. Licensed sites arrange for qualified instructors to deliver the 17 lectures and their related skill stations. Complete slide decks with speaker notes as well as administrative materials and forms are provided to each site. Textbooks are shipped to the site prior to the course dates, allowing learners to prepare for the live activity. The site coordinator administers the pre- and posttests and provides that information to SCCM, which prepares and ships certificates of completion to the site coordinator for distribution. The Fundamentals Sales Team can help sites that have not previously held a course find consultants who will lead the development of FCCS on site. The goal is for individual sites to become self-sustaining in their delivery of the FCCS program.

Online Licensed Course
Using the well-established materials from the traditional, instructor-led course, this format allows sites to more efficiently deliver the didactic educational content and creates flexibility for instructors and learners for the delivery of the hands-on skill stations. Online lectures were prepared by leaders in critical care and are delivered by professional presenters. Using a state-of-the-art online learning management system, participants complete the lecture portion of the course over four weeks. Pre- and posttests assure their mastery of the educational content. Course directors and coordinators can monitor the progress of students in real time through their personalized administrative dashboard. Participants who successfully complete of the online licensed course will receive a certificate of completion. In addition, those learners will receive continuing education (CE)/continuing medical education (CME) from SCCM for their completion of the lecture portion of the program.

Choosing 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 pretest, view the lectures and listen to a professionally recorded version of the audio for each chapter, download PDFs 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 views student progress via an online dashboard until the student completes the lectures by taking the posttest. Pre- and posttest scores are provided to both the student and the course director. The course director schedules skill station time for the course. Each student then participates in the hands-on skill stations at the hosting institution. In addition, CE/CME is provided for physicians, nurses, and pharmacists through SCCM for the online modules. Thus, the online version of the course greatly relieves the burden of hosting this program.
 
In the live instructor-led course version of FCCS, the course director, with the assistance of the course coordinator, has responsibility for planning, organizing, and conducting the course. These responsibilities include faculty selection, course logistics, obtaining equipment, establishing participant registration processes, and requesting necessary course resources (audiovisual equipment, skills station equipment, catering, etc.). Provision of CE/CME credits is also a course director/coordinator responsibility.

 

​Traditional ​Online
​CE/CME ​Only if provided by the licensing institution ​6.5 hours provided by SCCM
​Location/Time ​A live in-person educational event, held at the institution’s discretion. ​Didactic sessions available online for 4 weeks prior to the scheduled skill stations.
​Skill Stations ​In-person at licensing institution ​In-person at licensing institution
​Cost (Tiered) ​$210 - $1,260 per course. Discounts for multiple courses. ​$630 - $3,780 per course. Discounts for multiple courses.
Textbook​ ​Paid via learner fee Paid via learner fee
Provider Certificate​? ​Yes ​Yes
 

 Course Schedule

 
The FCCS course should be held over two full days. 
 
 
Alternative schedule examples might include:
  • Morning lectures followed by afternoon skill stations OR 
  • Two to three lectures followed by corresponding skill stations
A complete list of lectures and skill stations offered with the course is included below. General considerations about the sequencing of lectures and skill stations is presented in the detailed administrative materials provided to all approved sites. Variations from these suggestions are permitted for the convenience of participants. The Fundamentals Sales Team is available by phone at +1 847 827-6869 or by e-mail at fccs@sccm.org to answer any questions or to discuss planning.
 
Lectures
 
Required:
  • Recognition and Assessment of the Seriously Ill Patient
  • Airway Management*
  • Cardiopulmonary/Cerebral Resuscitation**
  • Diagnosis and Management of Acute Respiratory Failure
  • Mechanical Ventilation I
  • Mechanical Ventilation II
  • Monitoring Oxygen Balance 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
Optional (based on services provided at institution):
  • Critical Care in Pregnancy
  • Ethics in Critical Care Medicine
  • Critical Care in Infants and Children: The Basics

* May be removed if all participants are ACLS or ATLS certified.
** May be removed if all participants are ACLS certified.
*** May be removed if all participants are ATLS certified.

Skill Stations

Include all THREE:
  • Mechanical Ventilation I
  • Mechanical Ventilation II
  • Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation
And choose ONE integrated station:
  • Integrated Sepsis A Scenario
  • Integrated Sepsis B Scenario
  • Integrated Airway Management and Hypovolemic Shock
  • Hypovolemic Shock Scenario
  • Integrated Hemorrhagic Shock Scenario
  • Integrated Traumatic Brain Injury Scenario
  • Recognition and Assessment of the Seriously Ill Patient
 

 Administration

 

You will find suggestions and guidelines below to assist you in planning for your course. The course director, with the assistance of the course coordinator, has responsibility for planning, organizing and conducting the course. These responsibilities include faculty selection, course logistics, obtaining equipment, establishing participant registration processes, and requesting necessary course resources (audiovisual equipment, skills station equipment, catering, etc).

Detailed guidelines for course administration, including timelines, sample schedules, equipment lists, and forms, are provided to site coordinators/directors after course dates are set. The Fundamentals Sales Team can answer questions or discuss your plans with you. To reach a member of the team, please call +1 847 827-6869 or e-mail fccs@sccm.org.
 
Administrative Process
 

To apply for an FCCS course license and add learners, please visit the Fundamentals portal. A username and password are required to log in. If you do not know this information, please e-mail fccs@sccm.org. Please note that each learner will receive a copy of the book and one certificate will be issued for each learner who successfully completes the course.

When planning and administering an FCCS course, please use the following as a checklist.

  1. Choose the type of course (online instructor-led or live instructor-led)
  2. Submit an application for a course license and purchase learners through the Fundamentals portal
  3. Identify course dates (two days for live instructor-led course or skill station dates/time for online instructor-led course)
  4. Submit payment for license and learners to SCCM
  5. SCCM forwards course materials to approved course director/course coordinator
  6. Conduct course
  7. Submit final course data (e.g., attendee test results, certificate requests, faculty listing) to SCCM through the Fundamentals portal
  8. SCCM ships Certificates of Successful Completion to the site coordinator for distribution

Expenses/Resources

When purchasing a course license, SCCM will provide a textbook for each purchased learner and electronic access to presentations, skill stations, texts, and administrative forms. Course sites are expected to provide:

  • Travel expenses for the course consultant and any visiting instructors 
  • Honorarium for the course consultant, if requested (The course director may negotiate a lower or pro bono fee schedule; however, nothing higher than $1,000 is advocated by the FCCS Program Committee, SCCM Council, or SCCM Executive Office.)
  • Comfortable conference room seating and food and beverage (for breaks and meals)
  • Materials for learner and instructor packets
  • Equipment for presentation delivery, including an LCD projector
  • Equipment for skill stations

Course Requirements

  • The first time a site or course director offers a course, course consultant mentorship and approval is required.
  • Selection of a course consultant is the site’s responsibility. If problems are encountered, please contact the Fundamentals Sales Team at SCCM headquarters.
  • The course consultant may request an honorarium, not to exceed $1,000. The course director may negotiate a lower or pro bono fee schedule; however, nothing higher than $1,000 is advocated by the FCCS Program Committee, the SCCM Council, or the SCCM Executive Office.
  • Travel expenses for the course consultant and any visiting lecturers will be reimbursed by the site.
  • The course director must be an approved FCCS instructor who has taught in at least two courses during the previous two years.
  • The course coordinator will provide administrative, organizational, and other types of support. There are no other requirements for the course coordinator.
  • Each course must have two approved instructors (may include the course director). All other lecturers may be clinical experts and associate instructors from a variety of areas and professions (e.g., nurse, physician assistant, respiratory therapist, pharmacist, and other specialist physicians).
  • Skill stations may be operated by non-FCCS trained personnel, but integrity must be assured by the course director and the instructors.
  • For the initial course to be presented, the course director and course coordinator will work under the direction of a course consultant who will mentor them with organization and administrative issues during setup, and personally evaluate the initial course presentation.

Continuing Education Credits

Online instructor-led course: The online instructor-led format provides 6.5 CME credits for physicians and 6.5 contact hours for nurses and pharmacists.

Live instructor-led course: SCCM does not have direct involvement in the course offering; therefore, SCCM cannot issue CE/CME credit to course participants. If the institution or course sponsor is a national or state accredited CE/CME provider, it may wish to grant CE/CME credit for the course. Typical credit for a two-day course would be 15.75 CME credits for physicians and 15.75 contact hours for nurses and pharmacists.

 

 Testimonials

 

SCCM is committed to delivering quality educational programs like the FCCS course. Contact the Fundamentals Sales Team by phone at +1 847 827-6869 or by e-mail at fccs@sccm.org to start planning your course.

​​The FCCS course provides an ideal medium for trauma centers and tertiary/quaternary hospitals to outreach to their community partners. It allows regional resource centers to establish and maintain partnerships with community hospitals, increase the level of expertise in community hospitals, teach community partners how to stabilize critically ill patients in preparation for transfer to higher-level care. And best of all, the course has already been vetted by an expert panel and requires minimal work for sponsoring institutions seeking to offer an outreach service.
–Babak Sarani, MD, FACS, FCCM, FCCS, Committee Vice-Chair, George Washington University Hospital and George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington DC, USA

This was the best and most comprehensive critical care course I have ever taken. The instructors were extremely knowledgeable and experts on the topics. This course made me more confident in taking care of critically ill patients. I love having the hands-on skill stations with the ventilator. I highly recommend this course to anyone who cares for critically ill patients.
–Kathleen Jenkins, RN, CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

We believe that FCCS serves as a great opportunity for physicians and nurses who are early in their career to learn the early basics of critical care support. We travel all over the country teaching FCCS, and have yet to have a dissatisfied class of students!
–Konrad Davis, MD, FCCM, Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, California, USA

 
 

 Pricing

 

 Apply and Purchase

Single Course

Shaped by SCCM’s commitment to meeting the needs of each individual customer, the FCCS course pricing structure is designed to be both fair and flexible. SCCM offers two options: Single Course licenses, and Unlimited Annual Course licenses. Pricing options are tiered, based on the country in which the course is held. This allows SCCM to accommodate various ranges in needs and available financial resources.

Please contact the Fundamentals Sales Team at +1 847-827-6869 or via e-mail at fccs@sccm.org with any circumstances that may require special pricing consideration.

Live Instructor Licensed FCCS​ Per Course Pricing​
For-Profit​ ​$1,260
Nonprofit Tier 3 ​$790
​Nonprofit Tier 2 ​$525
​Nonprofit Tier 1

​$210


​Online Licensed FCCS
(includes 6.5 hours of SCCM-provided CE/CME)
Per Course Pricing​
​For-Profit ​$3,780

Nonprofit Tier 3

​$2,370
​Nonprofit Tier 2 ​$1,575
​Nonprofit Tier 1 ​$630
 

Multicourse Discounts

Are you interested in holding multiple courses throughout the year? If you plan to hold four or more courses in one year, you should consider an unlimited license. The Society offers discounted course pricing for volume purchases—the more courses you purchase, the larger the discount. Please contact the Fundamentals Sales Team at +1 847-827-6869 or via e-mail at fccs@sccm.org with any circumstances that may require special pricing consideration

 

Tiered Pricing

Tiered pricing is based on a country's Gross Domestic Product at Purchasing Power Parity Per Capita as reported by the World Bank in its most current World Development Indicators database.

​                     GDP (PPP) per capita​
Nonprofit Tier 3​ ​More than $15,000
Nonprofit ​Tier 2 ​Between $5,000 and $15,000
Nonprofit ​Tier 1 ​Less than $5,000

 

Per Learner Pricing

Licensed institutions will be assessed a fee for each learner, which includes a copy of the current edition of the textbook (print or eBook) and, upon successful completion of the course, a provider certificate.

Learner Fee Per Learner Price
Nonprofit Tier 3 ​$58/per learner
​Nonprofit Tier 2 ​$40/per learner
​Nonprofit Tier 1
​$20/per learner

 

Translated versions of the FCCS textbook are in development. Please call the Fundamentals Sales Team with any questions at +1 847-827-6869 or via e-mail at fccs@sccm.org.

 

 Textbook

 

The FCCS textbook is an integral part of the FCCS learning experience. It is available in print or as an eBook.

The FCCS program has grown enormously since its inception in 1996. This most recent edition is the reference and source for the standardized course composed of 17 lectures and related skill stations. The text is appropriate for primary care physicians, emergency physicians, residents and fellows, physicians' assistants, nurses, and other personnel who care for critically ill and injured patients.

Prepared under the direction of SCCM by an international team of leading multiprofessional critical care educators in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, nursing, pediatrics and surgery, the FCCS textbook covers:

  • Recognition and Assessment of the Seriously Ill Patient
  • Airway Management
  • Cardiopulmonary/Cerebral Resuscitation
  • Diagnosis and Management of Acute Respiratory Failure
  • Mechanical Ventilation I
  • Mechanical Ventilation II
  • 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

Licensed institutions will be assessed a fee for each learner, which includes a copy of the current edition of the textbook (print or eBook) and, upon successful completion of the course, a provider certificate. Additional details are provided on the Pricing tab.

Translated versions of the FCCS textbook are in development. Please call the Fundamentals Sales Team with any questions at +1 847-827-6869 or via e-mail at fccs@sccm.org.
 
Single copy purchases of the current edition of FCCS as well as other textbooks in the Fundamentals series can be made through the SCCM store. Pricing is $65 USD for SCCM members and $85 USD for nonmembers. A Spanish version of the Sixth Edition textbook is in progress.

 

 Self-Directed

 

Self-Directed Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) provides a relaxed learning experience with access to the same didactic sessions found in the live version of the Sixth Edition FCCS course. Learn at your own pace from the comfort and convenience of your home or office and then assess your knowledge through the use of pre- and posttests.

The Sixth Edition self-directed course has been enhanced with more interactive content to engage the learner. Content includes added videos, matching exercises, list ordering, and use of tabs for improved content organization.

Physicians, nurses, and pharmacists are eligible to receive 6.5 hours of continuing education credit. Respiratory therapists are eligible to receive 6 hours of continuing education credit. Self-Directed FCCS includes 16 interactive learning modules and the FCCS textbook (English), which is an excellent desktop reference. The textbook will be automatically shipped shortly after registration is completed. Registrants have two years from the date of enrollment to complete the course.
This version of the FCCS course does not include the skill stations or an FCCS provider certificate.

Pricing is $195 USD for SCCM members and $250 USD for nonmembers. For more information, contact the Fundamentals Sales Team at +1 847 827-6869 
or via e-mail at fccs@sccm.org.