Intensive Care Fundamentals (ICF) is a new hybrid educational initiative combining self-paced learning and interactive face-to-face teaching by ESICM-trained and certified faculty delivered in local languages to doctors, newcomers to ICU, and junior Advanced Critical Care Practitioners (ACCPs).
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Intensive Care Fundamentals (ICF) is a new educational initiative carefully prepared and standardised by ESICM experts to be delivered locally in local languages by ESICM-trained and certified faculty.
ICF adopts the successful hybrid education model with self-paced learning at home and an interactive face-to-face component at local level.
For the first module of self-paced learning, the trainees will have access to the Intensive Care Fundamentals book that contains practically oriented essential knowledge complementary to the content of the face-to-face course.
The second module is a standardised 2-day face-to-face local course composed by:
- case-based scenarios
- interactive workshops
- and simulations.
The formats were chosen to allow enough flexibility to tailor the training according to local practices, SOPs, and habits, whilst the principles of current evidence-based practices that should be common across countries and hospitals are firmly embedded in the standardised content.
The ICF local training will have a faculty composed of ICF-certified trainers and one guest core faculty.
Each ICF trainer must follow the ICF Trainers’ Development Day to:
- get familiar with the ICF Course content
- learn how to set it up in their hospitals and
- get certified as an ICF Trainer.
Intended learning outcomes include the minimum required knowledge and skills to start working in ICU safely.
Outcomes 1: The deteriorating patient
- Identify an acutely ill or deteriorating patient (in a simulated setting)
- Identify life-threatening conditions in an effective and timely fashion using the ABCDE approach (in a simulated setting)
- Stabilise and initiate treatment for a critically ill patient (in a simulated setting)
- Discuss the risks and possible pitfalls of transporting a critically ill patient
- Recognise and manage circulatory arrest and peri-arrest states (in a simulated setting)
- Describe the patient at risk of difficult intubation
Outcomes 2: Ward round
- Demonstrate a routine daily reassessment of a patient in a structured manner (in a simulated setting)
- Effectively prescribe venous thromboembolic disease and stress ulcers prophylaxis
Outcomes 3: Organ support
- Acute respiratory failure
- Shock and Haemodynamic monitoring
- Sepsis and septic shock
- Metabolic derangements
- Renal failure
- Treatment and prevention of delirium, sedation and analgesia
Outcomes 4: Specific pathologies in the intensive care unit
- Trauma and Surgery
- Neurological emergencies and basics of neurointensive care
- Medical emergencies
Outcomes 5: Non-technical aspects of intensive care
- Ethics of intensive care, end-of-life aspects
- Crisis resource management and communication in crisis
Outcomes 6: Equipment
- Troubleshoot common issues with equipment: monitoring, arterial lines, central venous catheters, and chest drain
The course content consists of preparatory material (pre-reading) and a 2-day face-to-face course.
Part 1: Preparatory Material
Online pre-test and ICF book as pre-reading material.
- Key concepts in intensive care medicine
- Organ dysfunction and support
- Common challenges and troubleshooting in ICU
- Appendices including ICU drug chart, useful checklists and algorithms, ICU trainee survival guide.
Part 2: Face-to-face course
- Frontal lecture: Introduction
- Interactive workshops
- Basics of mechanical ventilation
- Screens and haemodynamics
- Interpretation of blood gases
- Basics of mechanical ventilation, haemodynamics and auxiliary methods
- Case-based workshops
- Pulmonary sepsis
- Major surgery
- Simulation scenarios
- Optional: Locally-specific lectures – ICU walk-round
Mo AL-HADDAD MBChB, FRCA, FFICM, EDIC, MSc (Clinical Education) – Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthesia, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital; Honorary Professor at the University of Glasgow
- Maurizio CECCONI MD, FRCA, FFICM, MD(Res) – Head of Department Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, IRCCS Istituto Clinico Humanitas; Professor of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care; Vice President MEDTEC School; Humanitas University; Past-President ESICM
- Frantisek DUSKA MD, PhD, AFICM, EDIC – Associate Professor of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at FNKV University Hospital, Prague (CZ)
- Eumorfia KONDILI MD – Prof of Intensive Care Medicine, Medical School, University of Crete, Greece. Head of Department of Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital of Heraklion
- Anne LE ROY MD – Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Charles University, Third Faculty of Medicine and FNKV University Hospital in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic. Chairperson-Elect, ESICM CoBa-Faculty
- Anne MECKLENBURG MD, DESA – Senior Intensive Care Medicine Specialist, Specialist in Anaesthesiology and pre-hospital Emergency Medicine, MHPE candidate, Department of Intensive Care Medicine, University Medical Center Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
- Frauke WEIDANZ MD – Consultant in Critical Care and Acute Medicine, NHS Lothian, Edinburgh (UK)
The first Local Training Event happened in Prague in February 2023. Throughout the year, we will organise further courses across different countries and cities in Europe.
If you are interested in holding a Local Event at your hospital, do not hesitate to get in touch at email@example.com. We will host an ”ICF Trainers development day” during our Annual Congress in Milan, LIVES 2023.
See the next available Local Training Events below:
Location: Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, ICU, Level 1, Glasgow, UK
Dates: 20-21 June, 2023
Number of Available Seats: 8
Course Director: R. Allan
ICF Core Faculty: M. Al-Haddad, F. Weidanz
Local Faculty: S. Gaw, L. Denholm, J. Hunter
Location: Prague, Czech Republic, SIM Center, 3rd Faculty of Medicine, Ruska 87
Dates: 22-23 June, 2023
Number of Available Seats: 16
Course Director: F. Duska
ICF Core Faculty: F. Duska, A. Le Roy, J. Malaska
Location: University of Ioannina, Lifelong Learning Centre, International Centre of Hellenic Education, Culture and Vocational Training (DIKEPPEE-“Stavros Niarchos”), University Campus, 45110, Ioannina, Greece
Dates: 27-28 June, 2023
Number of Available Seats: 8
Course Director: G.Papathanakos
ICF Core Faculty: E. Kondyli
Location: Lisbon, Portugal, Hospital de Sao Francisco Xavier
Dates: 28-29 June, 2023
Number of Available Seats: 8
Course Director: P. Povoa
ICF Core Faculty: A. Le Roy
- Doctors newcomers to ICU
- Junior Advanced Critical Care Practitioners (ACCPs)