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.

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

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  • 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.
FCCS Text Book:

The FCCS gallery 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 gallery 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
FCCS: Tropical Diseases

FCCS: Tropical Diseases: The latest addition to the Fundamentals product line, Fundamental Critical Care Support: Tropical Diseases, prepares healthcare professionals to care for patients infected with tropical diseases. The Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) program has expanded its scope of course offerings with the FCCS: Tropical Diseases course. Developed to educate learners about the transmission, symptoms, management, and prevention of tropical disease, the FCCS: Tropical Diseases course combines FCCS core curriculum with information needed for the initial identification and care of infected patients who are or may become critically ill.

Some Comments from Students who did FCCS from Critical Care Support Forum:-


This remains a very good reference for the basics of critical patient care and may serve as a practical, quick reading, and relatively inexpensive adjunct to the many review and state of the art texts & journals available. I am thankful to Critical Care Support Forum to start such a good course in India.

I would highly recommend this to medical students, residents, and non-ICU physicians who may have the need to deal with critically ill patients. They will find it of significant value - and that's THE REAL TRUTH.


- Well organized Course
- Easy to read Course Materials
- Repetition of information in point forms so it is easy to review.
- Questions to see how well you have absorbed the information.
- Good Teachers.


This best course I have ever. New skill and information learn in this FCCS Course. I am thankful to entire teaching team of CCSF to teach such a fantastic way. This will very helpful to my day to day critical care practice.

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