More than 60 members of the United States military recently took advantage of the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support (PFCCS) course held in Japan at the U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa.
Healthcare personnel from the Army, Navy and Air Force learned best practices for treating and managing critically ill pediatric patients. Led by an all-military instructor team, course participants gleaned pertinent knowledge from interactive lectures, small-group skill stations and high-fidelity simulations. The motivated students worked their way through case presentations involving respiratory failure, hypovolemic shock, electrolyte abnormalities, pediatric trauma, and post-operative care.
“I wish I had this course before I deployed,” said Air Force Capt. Debbie Dorsey, who served as a flight nurse at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.
This sentiment was echoed by other students who noted that military personnel often encounter critically ill children in war zones and areas impacted by man-made and natural disasters.
Looking to learn at your own pace from the comfort and convenience of your home or office? Self-Directed Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support (PFCCS) is available for purchase in the SCCM store.