Fundamental Application of Critical Care Therapy (FACCT) is a two day refresher course on practical aspects of modern intensive care therapy. It is designed for the novice staff in intensive care ( eg:doctors, nurses and physiotherapists) who expect to improve their approach and skills in managing critically ill patients in intensive care and high dependency units. This may include care providers who are about to start carrier in an critical care setup, as well as medics and surgeons who are likely to visit patients on the unit. Delegates may range from house officers to post graduate trainees.
The FACCT program is frequently updated, since its inception in 2017. The course consists of a series of didactic lectures and hands on sessions covering essential knowledge base and skills to manage a patient admitted to critical care, particularly during first 24 hours. The lectures covered key issues including, early recognition and optimization of critically ill, sepsis, organ supports and housekeeping in ICU. You may spend 70% of the time with hands on sessions, which will be conducted as highly interactive small groups with facilitator feedback.
Topics covered include,
- Assessment of deteriorating patients
- Airway management
- Haemodynamic management
- Basics in ventilator support
- The oliguric patient in ICU
- Traumatic brain injury
- Infection control in critical care
- Acid, base and electrolyte disorders
- Cardiac arrest
The FACCT course includes a pre-course manual, pre-test MCQ and post-test assessment as well. Please note that each learner will receive a copy of the FACCT manual weeks before the date, and a certificate will be issued for each candidate who successfully completes the course. 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 trends in the deteriorating patient.
· Recognize and initiate management of acute life-threatening conditions.
· Determine the need for expert consultation and/or patient transfer
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.
FACCT course had been conducted in 4 main centers, Colombo, Kandy, Galle and Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. However, if anybody is interested in conducting a FACCT course in their institution, a written request can be considered at the COIASL.
Online registration will be available for those who are willing to participate for the FACCT course. Because of the practical nature of the course the number of places is limited, so early booking is recommended. The next course will take place on 5-6th July 2019, with further courses scheduled for September and December 2019.