The Basic Assessment and Support in Intensive Care (BASIC) Course was designed to teach participants the fundamentals of rapid assessment and initial supportive treatment of critically unwell patients. BASIC is run at JHH twice per year, and attracts applicants from across Australia and New Zealand.
Paediatric BASIC Course
The Basic Assessment and Support in Intensive Care (BASIC) Course was designed to teach participants the fundamentals of rapid assessment and initial supportive treatment of critically unwell paediatric patients. Paeds BASIC is run at JHH annually, and attracts applicants from across Australia and New Zealand.
Beyond BASIC Mechanical Ventilation
The BBMV Course is run every other year and is an advanced course focusing of the mechanics and approach to troubleshooting difficult ventilation.
Cardiac Surgery Advanced Life Support (CALS) Course
John Hunter Hospital is one of the Australian “centres of excellence” offering doctors and nurses the opportunity to undertake the internationally renowned CALS course. Originating from the UK, this course offers an online pre-reading module before a consolidating the learning with a full day of lectures, workshops and simulation sessions. The objective of the course is to empower practitioners to act with confidence to better treat critically ill patients using validated protocols and to safely manage the patient until expert help arrives.
The course is taught in the HNE Simulation Centre by a strong faculty of doctors and nurses from all the relevant disciplines – ICU, anaesthetics and cardiac surgery. CALS has been very well received and has been the model for our unit’s post-operative cardiac surgery guideline. The unit organises two-three CALS courses per year, and attendees will be accredited for two years and can use the course towards their CME/CPD points. For more information, visit
ICU Crisis Team Training Course
This course provides scenario based team training on the types of adult emergencies that staff may encounter within the ICU or during a rapid response call. This course is run every 3 months for staff working in ICU.
Difficult Airway Management Course
This course focuses on the management and process of dealing with a difficult airway in the adult patient. The course comprises airway skills stations and scenario based team training. Run every 3 months for staff working in ICU.
Paediatric ICU Crisis Team Training Course
This course provides scenario based team training on the types of paediatric emergencies that staff may encounter within the paediatric ICU or during a paediatric rapid response call. Run every 3 months for staff working in Paediatric ICU.
Basic Critical Care Transthoracic Echocardiography course
The Basic Critical Care Transthoracic Echocardiography course at the John Hunter Hospital was started in March 2012. Initially run over 2 half days, one week apart, it was amalgamated into an intensive full day course following accreditation for
Basic Echocardiography Training as part of the curriculum for trainees for the College of Intensive Care Medicine. The John Hunter Course is accredited by the CICM.
The aim of the course is to equip trainees with basic theory and the practical skills required to perform a targeted critical care study.
Pre-course reading is a component of the course. The total contact time is 8 hours, of which 5 hours are spent scanning.
The focus of the course is on practical sessions. The course size is limited to 10 participants to maximise scanning time. It is expected that participants will take the skills learned back to their institutions and continue scanning. Competency in echocardiography can only be achieved and maintained by ongoing practice and education.
An image bank, of both normal findings and pathology, is provided to course participants as is a list of resources to enable them to extend their skills. Accreditation and maintenance of standards are difficult aspects of critical care echocardiography that are discussed.
Critical care trainees need to understand the role of echocardiography in critical care medicine and be able to perform and interpret and an emergency scan targeted to look for certain patterns of acute pathology – right heart failure, left ventricular systolic failure, large pericardial effusion, gross valvular regurgitation and hypovolaemia. These patterns, and differentiating them from a normal scan, are emphasised.
This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to begin supervised ECHO practice in your clinical work.
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