Keeping pace with the rapid changes in evidence-based critical care medicine is a challenge for specialty-trained intensivists; for non-intensivists, the challenge of staying up to date may be overwhelming. This cutting-edge CME course is intended to provide core clinical critical care skills to health care providers who are not trained as intensivists but whose clinical duties involve taking care of critically ill patients. 

The focus of this course will be to highlight recent important evidence-based advances in the practice of modern critical care medicine. The topics include a variety of intensive care issues, such as mechanical ventilation, ultrasound, family meetings, shock and vasopressors, toxicology, sedation, delirium, ARDS, renal failure and dialysis, bleeding and transfusions, infections, antimicrobials and cardiopulmonary arrest.

Our outstanding faculty, recognized as experts in the field, will use diverse teaching methodologies including: didactic sessions, interactive case-based discussions, Q&As, and direct hands-on simulation, procedural and clinical management practice sessions.  These sessions will assess your reasoning and strategies for incorporating, synthesizing and applying core critical knowledge.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Summarize contemporary evidence-based practice in critical care.
  • Identify specific causes of delirium in critically ill patients, interpret signs of delirium in the critically ill and characterize appropriate sedation goals to prevent delirium.
  • Rapidly assess causes and determine appropriate initial treatment for patients in cardiopulmonary arrest and identify best practices for post-arrest treatment.
  • Practice point-of-care ultrasound for vascular access.
  • Categorize different types of shock, identify the pathophysicologic mechanism behind each and formulate appropriate treatment strategies.
  • Recognize different types of and uses for mechanical ventilation and interpret basic ventilator wave-forms.
  • Develop and practice strategies for communication about death and dying in the ICU.
  • Define different types of renal failure and recognize the need for dialysis
  • Determine appropriate diagnosis and management of ARDS.