Fundamental Disaster Management (FDM) prepares healthcare professionals to treat victims of natural or manmade mass casualty events. It arms critical care professionals with the expertise to manage the critical care response to large-scale disasters. This one-day course focuses on critically ill patients who are admitted to your hospital and is a must for healthcare providers who may come in contact with critically ill and/or injured patients after a mass casualty event.

To apply for an FDM 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.




After participating in the FDM course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the core structure and functions of disaster incident management and describe how the critical care response is coordinated by the interfaces with incident managers.
  • List the types of events that are most likely to require a critical care response and describe the anticipated critical care needs of those affected.
  • Explain the significant changes in organization, staffing, and responsibility that may improve the provision of critical care during a mass casualty.
  • Describe the guiding principle for triage and allocation of scarce critical care resources during a disaster.
  • Demonstrate how to set up and troubleshoot alternative positive pressure ventilation equipment, such as the mechanical ventilators maintained by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Strategic National Stockpile.
  • Recognize the emergency situations that require use of personal protective equipment (PPE) or environmental controls while caring for critically ill victims.

The FDM course includes a combination of didactic sessions and skill stations and can be offered as an independent course or as an add-on module to the FCCS course.

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.

Target Audience: Critical care health professionals including pharmacists, respiratory care professionals, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and physicians. Also, persons who have successfully completed the Society of Critical Care Medicine's Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) course and who are expected to have significant critical care responsibilities during an emergency.

Participants who successfully complete the required provider or instructor course receive a certificate of completion. CME and CE may be available if provided by the course sponsor.

Traditional Licensed Course
A live, instructor-led, two-day course is the traditional method for delivering the FDM course. Licensed sites arrange for qualified instructors to deliver the 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 FDM on site. The goal is for individual sites to become self-sustaining in their delivery of the FDM 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.

​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. ​The course can run at any time from anyplace.
​Skill Stations ​In-person at licensing institution ​Skills stations integrated into the online learning platform. 
​Cost (Tiered) ​$210-$1,260 per course.
Discounts for multiple courses.
​$630-$3,780 per course.
Discounts for multiple courses.
Text Book​ ​Paid via learner fee ​Paid via learner fee
Provider Certificate​? ​Yes ​Yes




The Fundamental Disaster Management, Third Edition (FDM) course handbook is the reference and source for the standardized course comprised of 11 lectures and two skill stations. The handbook is appropriate for all healthcare professionals wanting to be prepared to assist patients after man-made or natural disasters, and other personnel who care for the critically ill and injured. It is an excellent "in the field" reference. Fundamental Disaster Managment 3rd Edition Textbook

In the third addition, special emphasis is given to critical care response to in-patient surge in disaster aftermath with a virtual disaster ventilator module  and a new instructor component.

The FDM course was prepared under the direction of the Society of Critical Care by leading multiprofessional critical care educators with expertise in disaster preparedness. Chapters topics include:

  • Disaster preparation for the critical care provider - setting the stage
  • Intensive care unit microcosm within disaster medical response
  • Augmenting critical care capacity during a disaster
  • Critical care management of chemical exposures
  • Intentional and natural outbreaks of infectious disease
  • Critical care management of radiological exposures
  • Conventional explosions and blast injuries
  • Mass casualty burn care
  • Disasters produced by natural phenomena
  • Caring for critically ill children
  • Delivering acute care to chronically ill adults in shelters
  • Palliative care and mental health issues
  • Disaster triage and allocation of scarce resources
  • Sustained mechanical ventilation outside of traditional intensive care units
  • Personal protective equipment and decontamination management strategies

Single copy purchases of the current edition of the Fundamental Disaster Management textbook as well as other textbooks in the Fundamental series be made through the SCCM store. Licensed institutions are provided special, lower pricing and efficient shipping for bulk purchases of the books. Please call the Fundamentals Sales Team with any questions at +1 847-827-6869 or via contact them via e-mail at fccs@sccm.org.


Preparing Your ICU for Disaster Response

Preparing Your ICU for DisasterThis step-by-step guide is an excellent adjuct to the FDM Course. This publication helps ICU professionals assess their current level of disaster preparedness. It provides information to help align your ICU response within an institutional disaster preparedness plan, as well as tips for how to translate this plan to accommodate your specific resource needs in the event of a critical care surge. Presented in an easy-to-follow format, this toolkit provides practical, usable resources for strategizing and implementing a standing plan for disaster preparedness.




Shaped by SCCM’s commitment to meeting the needs of each individual customer, the FDM course pricing structure is designed to be both fair and flexible. The Society offers three options: single course licenses, unlimited annual course licenses, and a combined course license for FDM and Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS). 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 FDM Only Per Course Pricing​
For Profit​ ​$1,260
Nonprofit Tier 3 ​$790
​Nonprofit Tier 2 ​$525
​Nonprofit Tier 1

​Combination FCCS and FDM Course Per Course Pricing​
​For Profit ​$1,700
Nonprofit Tier 3
​Nonprofit Tier 2 ​$800
​Nonprofit Tier 1 ​$300
Online Licensed FDM                      Per Course Pricing​
​For Profit ​$3,780
Nonprofit Tier 3
​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 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
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 FDM textbook in Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, and Chinese are in development. Please call the Fundamentals Sales Team with any questions at +1 847 827-6869 or via contact them via e-mail at fccs@sccm.org.





The suggestions and guidelines below are intended to assist you in planning for your course. The FDM Coordinator at the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) will also be happy to answer questions or to discuss your plans with you.

To apply for an FDM 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.

Lecture Topics

  • ICU microcosm with disaster medical response
  • Augmenting critical care capacity during a disaster
  • Mass casualty burn care and critical care management of conventional explosion
  • Critical care response to natural disasters and mass casualty crush syndrome
  • Critical care during epidemics
  • Critical care management of radiological exposures
  • Special populations:  caring for critically ill children and chronically critically ill people during disasters
  • Sustained mechanical ventilation outside traditional ICUs
  • Disaster triage and allocation of scarce critical care resources

Skill Stations

  • Personal protective equipment and procedures
  • Alternative positive pressure ventilation
  • Triage

Equipment Required

  • Fluid-impervious gowns
  • Powered air purifying respirator
  • N95 respirators (ideally in multiple sizes)
  • Face shields
  • Mannequin that can undergo endotracheal intubation
  • Portable negative pressure with HEPA filter unit
  • Test lung
  • Impact Uni-vent Eagle 754 ventilator (if possible, in kits similar to Strategic National Stockpile), with ventilator circuit
  • LTV-1200 with ventilator circuit, external PEEP valve or similar model
  • Oxygen cylinder with 50-55 psi connection on cylinder

Course Design and Responsibilities

Modular design concept: The curriculum is presented as a series of largely independent subject sections or modules. This organization allows emphasis or de-emphasis of some modules according to the existing knowledge base of the participants. It is important to remind the participants that the post-test will include items from all areas of the text, lectures, and skill stations. Thus, the FDM textbook should be carefully read so that participants may attain a minimum score of (70%) on the post-test to successfully complete the course.

Although this course is normally given in one day, it is possible to have a modular schedule and spread the course over a longer period, if that seems necessary.

Instructor latitude: To assure the quality and integrity of the standardized FDM curriculum, instructors must present the course content according to the textbook, instructor slides, and skill station lesson plans. Personal bias should not be revealed.

Course Personnel

FDM consultant: An SCCM-approved consultant experienced in the delivery and management of the FDM program serves as a planning and on-site resource to the course director. The FDM course consultant is required for the first course only.

Course director: An SCCM-approved FDM director or candidate assumes faculty leadership and assures the course is conducted according to SCCM standards. The course director responsibilities include:

  • Assumes full responsibility for course quality.
  • Determines pass/fail standards for skill stations, attendance and other aspects of the course, except for the post-test.
  • Presents introductory lecture reviewing purpose of course and expectations of participants (70% correct on post-test; satisfactory passing of skill stations) and Is present for the duration of the course.
  • Issues the final decision during any conflicts throughout the course and is the liaison to SCCM for any appeal/grievance initiated by participants. Assumes responsibility for approving pre-course planning, course coordination, arrangements, etc.

Faculty: Please see instructor criteria.   A minimum of three faculty members is logistically necessary to conduct the course. SCCM requires at least two SCCM-approved FDM instructors on the faculty for any FDM course. SCCM recommends 50% of the faculty be FDM trained. The other 50% of the faculty should be from the sponsoring institution and represent as many specialties as possible. A multiprofessional approach is recommended.

Course coordinator: Manages the clerical and logistical responsibilities of the course. The FDM coordinator for the licensed sponsor needs to work closely with the FDM coordinator in the SCCM office and an experienced course manager. The course director must be immediately available for assistance once a course has been approved.

Continuing Medical Education Credit

SCCM does not have direct involvement in traditional, live, licensed courses (coordination of faculty, participants, budgets, etc.); therefore, SCCM cannot take responsibility for issuing CME/CE credit to course participants. If the hospital or course sponsor is a national or state-accredited CME/CE provider, CME/CE credit may be issued for the course. Typical credit for a one-day course would be 8.00 CME for physicians, 8.0 contact hours for nurses and pharmacists.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine does offer 6.5 hours of continuing education credit for physicians, nurses and pharmacists who particpate in the Self Directed or online licensed versions of the course with the integrated skills stations.


 Course Calendar

  • Danville, PA
    Friday, December 01, 2017 - Friday, December 01, 2017
    Sponsor: Geisinger Medical Center
    Course Director: Mary Jane Reed, MD, FACS, FCCM
    Course Coordinator: Donna Whalen
    Phone: +1 570 271-6692
    Fax: +1 570 214-5090
    E-Mail: dmwhalen@geisinger.edu


Self-Directed Fundamental Disaster Management (FDM) provides a relaxed learning experience with access to the same didactic sessions found in the live version of the FDM 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.

Physicians, nurses, and pharmacists are eligible to receive 6.5 hours of continuing education credit. Self-Directed FDM includes 13 interactive learning modules and the FDM 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.
Participants who successfully complete the self-directed course will receive a provider certificate.

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

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