FCCS

More than 10,000 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.

If you are an existing course site or have previously held an FCCS course, login to the Fundamentals Portal to purchase/renew a license, set course dates, purchase books, document faculty, and request participant certificates.

 

 Description

 

Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) can be licensed and brought to an institution in two ways. Both methods share the same:

  • 16 didactic lectures
  • 9 case-based skill stations
  • Pre- and post-tests
  • 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 post-test

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.

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 16 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 purchased prior to the course dates are shipped to the site, which distributes the books weeks in advance, allowing learners to prepare for the live activity. The site coordinator administers the pre- and post-tests and provides that information to SCCM, which prepares and ships certificates of completion to the site coordinator for distribution. The Institutional Relations 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
Utilizing 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 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 post-tests 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 CE/CME from SCCM for their completion of the lecture portion of the program.

Self-Directed
Self-Directed FCCS provides a relaxed learning experience with access to the same didactic sessions found in the live version of the FCCS course. Learners cover materials at their own pace from the comfort and convenience of their homes or offices and then assess their knowledge through the use of pre- and post-tests. Self-Directed FCCS includes all 16 modules with synchronized speaker audio and the FCCS textbook (English), which will be automatically shipped shortly after registration is completed.  Six and a half hours of CE/CME credit is available for nurses, pharmacists and physicians, but this version of the course does not include the skill stations or an FCCS provider certificate. Self-directed learners can choose to register for the skill station portion of the course at one of the live sites listed in the course calendar. Visit the Self-Directed FCCS page to make a purchase.

​Traditional ​Online ​Self-Directed
​CE/CME ​Only if provided by the licensing institution ​6.5 hours provided by SCCM ​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. ​Online at the learner’s discretion for two years from the time of purchase.
​Skill Stations ​In-person at licensing institution ​In-person at licensing institution ​None
​Cost (Tiered) ​$200-$1,200 per course. Discounts for multiple courses. ​$600-$3,600 per course. Discounts for multiple courses. ​$175 members, $225 non members
Text Book​ ​Purchased separately ​Purchased separately ​Included
Provider Certificate​? ​Yes ​Yes ​No
 
 

 Textbook

 

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

The FCCS program has grown enormously since its inception in 1994. This most recent edition is the reference and source for the standardized course composed of 16 lectures and 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 the SCCM by an international team of leading multiprofessional critical care educators in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, nursing, pediatrics and surgery, 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
  • 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
A copy of the current edition of the Fundamental Critical Care Support textbook is required for each learner. Licensed institutions are provided special, lower pricing and efficient shipping for bulk purchases of the books. Please order your supply of textbooks when you schedule your course.
 
English Language Textbooks Per Book Price
For Profit​ ​$55/per book
Nonprofit Tier 3 ​$55/per book
​Nonprofit Tier 2 ​$38/per book
​Nonprofit Tier 1
​$16/per book
 
Translated versions of the FCCS Textbook in Spanish, Portugese, Japanese, and Chinese are in development. Please call the Institutional Relations team with any questions at +1 847-827-6869 or via contact them via email at fccs@sccm.org
 
Single copy purchases of the current edition of the Fundamental Critical Care Support textbook as well as other textbooks in the Fundamental series can be made through the SCCM store.
 

 Pricing

 

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.  The Society 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 Institutional Relations team at +1 847-827-6869 or via email at fccs@sccm.org with any circumstances that may require special pricing consideration.

Live Instructor Licensed FCCS​ Per Course Pricing​
For Profit​ ​$1,200
Nonprofit Tier 3 ​$750
​Nonprofit Tier 2 ​$500
​Nonprofit Tier 1

​$200

 

​Online Licensed FCCS             Per Course Pricing​
​For Profit ​$3,600

Nonprofit Tier 3

​$2,250
​Nonprofit Tier 2 ​$1,500
​Nonprofit Tier 1 ​$600
 

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 Institutional Relations team at +1 847-827-6869 or via email 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​
Tier 3​ ​More than $15,000
​Tier 2 ​Between $5,000 and $15,000
​Tier 1 ​Less than $5,000

 

Textbook Pricing

A copy of the current edition of the Fundamental Critical Care Support textbook is required for each learner. Licensed institutions are provided special, lower pricing and efficient shipping for bulk purchases of the books. Please order your supply of textbooks when you schedule your course.

English Language Textbooks Per Book Price
For Profit​ ​$55/per book
Nonprofit Tier 3 ​$55/per book
​Nonprofit Tier 2 ​$38/per book
​Nonprofit Tier 1
​$16/per book

 

Translated versions of the FCCS Textbook in Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, and Chinese are in development. Please call the Institutional Relations team with any questions at +1 847-827-6869 or via contact them via email at fccs@sccm.org.

 

 

 Resources

 

You will find suggestions and guidelines below to assist you in planning for your course. Detailed timelines, sample schedules, equipment lists and forms are provided to site coordinators/directors by SCCM after course dates are set. The Institutional Relations Team at the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) can answer questions or discuss your plans with you. To reach a member of the team, please call +1 847 827-6869 or email fccs@sccm.org.

If you are an existing course site or have previously held an FCCS course, login to the Fundamentals Portal to purchase/renew a license, set course dates, purchase books, document faculty, and request participant certificates.

If you are a NEW FCCS course site please submit an FCCS Course Application using the interactive PDF form.

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 pre-test, 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 post-test. Pre/Post-test 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.

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 FCCS Institutional Relations Manager 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 in 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.

Administrative Process

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. Purchase a course license.
  3. Identify course dates (2 days for live instructor-led course or skill station dates/time for online Instructor-led course).
  4. Submit course application via the Fundamentals Portal.
  5. Order copies of FCCS textbook (one per participant).
  6. Submit payment for license and textbooks to SCCM.
  7. SCCM forwards course materials to approved Course Director/Course Coordinator.
  8. Conduct course.
  9. Submit final course data (e.g., attendee test results, certificate requests, faculty listing) to SCCM via the Fundamentals Portal.
  10. SCCM ships Certificates of Successful Completion to the site coordinator for distribution.

Continuing Education Credits

Online instructor-led: The online instructor-led format provides 6.5 CMEs for physicians, 6.5 contact hours for nurses and pharmacists.

Live instructor-led: 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 2-day course would be 15.75 CMEs for physicians, 15.75 contact hours for nurses and pharmacists.

Course Schedule

Course schedules generally are two full days. Alternative examples might include:

  • Morning lectures followed by afternoon skill stations OR
  • Two to three lectures followed by corresponding skill stations OR
  • One lecture per week followed by corresponding skill station

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.

FCCS Lectures

Lectures 1-14 are core lectures and are required to be taught unless otherwise noted.

  1. Recognition and Assessment of the Seriously Ill Patient
  2. Airway Management *
  3. Cardiopulmonary/Cerebral Resuscitation **
  4. Diagnosis and Management of Acute Respiratory Failure
  5. Mechanical Ventilation I
  6. Mechanical Ventilation II
  7. Monitoring Oxygen Balance and Acid-Base Status
  8. Diagnosis and Management of Shock
  9. Neurologic Support
  10. Basic Trauma and Burn Support ***
  11. Acute Coronary Syndromes **
  12. Life-Threatening Infections: Diagnosis and Antimicrobial Therapy Selection
  13. Management of Life-Threatening Electrolyte and Metabolic Disturbances
  14. Special Considerations
  15. Critical Care in Pregnancy
  16. Ethics in Critical Care Medicine
  17. Critical Care in Infants and Children

* May be eliminated if ALL participants are ACLS or ATLS certified
** May be eliminated if ALL course participants are ACLS certified
*** May be eliminated if ALL participants are ATLS certified

 FCCS Skill Stations

Skill stations 1-4 are required to be taught. Course Directors may select three of the remaining five to include with their course.

  1. Recognition and Assessment of the Seriously Ill Patient
  2. Mechanical Ventilation I
  3. Mechanical Ventilation II
  4. Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation
  5. Integrated Severe Sepsis Scenario
  6. Integrated Airway Management and Hypovolemic Shock Scenario
  7. Integrated Hemorrhagic Shock Scenario
  8. Integrated Traumatic Brain Injury Scenario
  9. Integrated Sepsis Scenario

Skill Station Sample Equipment List

  • Flip chart
  • Resuscitation mannequin
  • Low- or high-fidelity simulators
  • Ventilator and circuit (graphic display on ventilator preferred)
  • Test lung capable of altering resistance and compliance
  • Gas source(s) as required to power ventilator
  • Mask interface (nasal, oronasal, and/or full-face masks)
  • Helmet
  • Ventilator
  • Nasal cannula and tubing
  • Test lung
  • LCD projector or some way to project image included with skill station