Fundamentals of Critical Care Support


About FCCS

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FCCS, or fundamentals of critical care support, is a two day course hosted by Piedmont to give you an in depth overview on the field of critical care medicine. With faculty from the ICU team we give you a deep dive into topics that are essential to know when treating critically ill patients. The program is lead by our FCCS Director, James Torell, PA-C and staffed by our critical care APPs. Through this course you can earn level 1 CME or CEU.

2019 FCCS Dates - 10/2019


Faculty


How to get to us

FCCS is hosted in the McRae auditorium at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. The McRae Auditorium is located in the 1984 Bulding.

  • It is best to park in the south or north parking deck.

  • If you park in the South Parking deck, you will go across a bridge and follow the red path below.

  • If you park in the North parking deck, you will follow the green path below.

Some landmarks:

  • Blue star: the ICU/2014 office (for those of you who know what and where that is. If not, ignore). You’ll see a big set of doors that opens when you get close to it

  • Purple star: three way intersection; will see two mirrors on ceilings, generally pretty busy. If you make a wrong turn and go right instead of left its a long hallway with lots of windows. This hallway has a quasi-piedmont-museum along its walls, so if you start feeling like you’re in a museum, turn around

  • Yellow star: the turn you’ll make for the final stretch of the walk. The north parking deck will be in front of you; once you turn right, you will see bathrooms to your right and the GI lab to your left

  • Orange star: you’ll see some stairs leading to an depressed alcove with three bathrooms, an elevator and restrooms. Don’t go down the stairs for now. Keep going. This is where classrooms 1, 2 and 3 are for some of the modules you will do later in FCCS (circled blue)

Blue Star; ICU office to left (with lung poster on it) and swinging doors to right

Blue Star; ICU office to left (with lung poster on it) and swinging doors to right

Purple star; mirror up top, make a left here

Purple star; mirror up top, make a left here

Approaching right before the yellow star

Approaching right before the yellow star

Yellow star; what you will see when you look to your right. Endoscopy will be on the left side and bathrooms on the right. Keep going straight and follow the hallway

Yellow star; what you will see when you look to your right. Endoscopy will be on the left side and bathrooms on the right. Keep going straight and follow the hallway

Orange star; As you follow the hallway you will see this. DON’T GO DOWN THE STAIRS (yet), keep following the hallway. This is where classrooms 1,2 and 3 are

Orange star; As you follow the hallway you will see this. DON’T GO DOWN THE STAIRS (yet), keep following the hallway. This is where classrooms 1,2 and 3 are

Entrance to McRae Auditorium

Entrance to McRae Auditorium


Sample Schedule

Subject to change; general schedule for each day

Day 1

700-730: Intro to FCCS, registration, coffee

730-815: Assessment of Critically Ill Patient - James Torell PA-C

815-915: Vent I (Acute Respiratory Failure) - John Heisler PA-C

915-930: Break

930-1015: Oxygen Balance and Acid/Base - Alex Hodson PA-C

1015-1045: Critical Care in Pregnancy - Rachel Mulder PA-C

1045-1130: Electrolyte and Metabolic Disturbances - Alexander Gluzman MD

1130-12: Life Threatening Infections - James Torell

—— 12 to 1 LUNCH (Provided) ——

1300-1630 Skills Station (50 min each)

  • Vent I - Sim Lab (John Heisler)

  • Sepsis I - Classroom 3 (James Dinwiddie)

  • Assessment of the Critically Ill Patient - McCrae (James Torell)

  • BiPAP - Sim Lab (Rachel Mulder)

Day 2

700-730: Meet and drink coffee

730-815: Airway Management - Micheal Burton PA-C

815-845: Critical Care in Pediatrics - James Dinwiddie PA-C

845-915: Trauma and Burn Support - James Dinwiddie PA-C

915-930: Break

930-1015: Diagnosis and Management of Shock - Alex Hodson PA-C

1015-1045: Neurological Support - Lauren Chisholm PA-C

1045-1130: Special Considerations - Lauren Chisholm PA-C

1130-12: Vent II - John Heisler PA-C

—— 12 to 1245 LUNCH (Provided) ——

1245-1535 Skills Station (45 min each)

  • Vent II - Sim Lab (John Heisler)

  • Sepsis II - Classroom 3 (James Dinwiddie)

  • Shock - McCrae (James Torell)

  • Airway - Sim Lab (Michael Burton)

1600-1700: Post Test and Evaluation


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