Intensive Care Medicine

This comprehensive programme covers the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in intensive care medicine (ICM). It has been developed in the UK by the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.

The e-learning is suitable for a wide range of healthcare professionals working in critical care, including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and pharmacists.    
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Intensive Care Medicine  - Written by clinicians for clinicians

Intensive Care Medicine online course (e-ICM) is suitable for both trainees and fully qualified practitioners and features dedicated ICM sessions and relevant material from our award-winning anaesthesia, acute medicine, surgery, radiology and end-of-life care programmes. So, you can access a wide range of material from a single knowledge source – saving you time and money. The quality-assured content is mapped to the UK’s ICM curriculum and COBATRICE – an international programme designed to harmonise Intensive Care Medicine training in Europe and other world regions. It includes 3D clinical diagrams, photographs and multiple-choice questions. These questions, which are linked to articles from the British Journal of Anaesthesia, help to embed learning and understanding on the complex principles involved.

Course Content

The e-learning sessions are clustered into discrete modules, which are arranged by subject area.

Module 1 – Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine

Provides an overview and introduction to anaesthesia. This module is particularly suited to a doctor undertaking an attachment to anaesthesia during early training. The topic areas covered are:
  • The Operating Theatre Environment
  • Basic Science for Novice Trainees
  • Anaesthetic Equipment for Novice Trainees
  • Preoperative Assessment and Management
  • Induction of Anaesthesia and Intraoperative Management
  • Postoperative Management
  • Critical Incidents and Management of Cardiac Arrest

Module 2 – General Concepts of Intensive Care Medicine

Provides an overview of the general aspects of clinical intensive care medicine that are not specific to a particular disease or patient group. The topic areas covered are:
  • Identification of the Critically Ill Patient
  • Organ Support
  • Nutrition and Fluid Therapy
  • Analgesia and Sedation
  • The Costs and Unwanted Effects of Critical Care
  • End of Life Care
  • Transfer Medicine

Module 3 – Medicine and Surgery for ICM

This module describes the wide spectrum of disease that presents to a critical care unit. It gives an overview of pathologies, which have been classified by medical and surgical specialty:
  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Haematology
  • Immunology
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics
  • Paediatrics
  • Perioperative medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Renal
  • Respiratory
  • Toxicology
  • Vascular

Module 4 – Infectious Disease and ICM

Provides an overview of the prevention and treatment of infectious disease within intensive care medicine.  This module explores the syndrome of sepsis and common disease states caused by infection. It also gives an overview of common causative pathogens encountered in intensive care medicine:
  • Common Pathogens
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Sepsis
  • Treatment and Control of Infection

Module 5 – Trauma

Provides an introduction to the management of trauma and an overview of traumatic injuries:
  • Major Incidents
  • Trauma Resuscitation
  • Traumatic Injuries

Module 6 – Procedures, Monitoring and Investigations in ICM

Gives a practical overview of common procedures within critical care. It also looks at resources to aid in the interpretation of commonly requested investigations, including imaging studies. Monitoring is discussed, both from a general view point but also, more specifically, monitoring the cardiovascular system and intracranial pressure:
  • Procedures
  • Investigations
  • Monitoring

Module 7 – Basic Science for ICM

Provides a large number of sessions covering basic science, as relevant to intensive care medicine:
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physics and Statistics
  • Equipment
  • Maths and Science

Module 8 – Patient Safety in ICM

This module explores critical incidents and emergencies, safe blood transfusion, prescribing, procedures and situations which may result in an unsafe critical care environment:
  • Blood Transfusion
  • 'First Do No Harm'
  • Critical Incidents and Emergencies

Module 9 – Non-clinical Topics for ICM

Provides an introduction to the non-clinical aspects of intensive care medicine. The topic areas covered are:
  • Research and Audit
  • Clinical Governance
  • Non-Technical Skills
  • The Law and ICM

Module 10 – Self-assessment

Includes a collection of multiple choice questions associated with the content found in modules 1 to 9 MODULAR CONTENT AVAILABLE. For institutional purchase or bulk licences of our online medical courses, please contact us