BASIC Course was a big success!


At the beginning of June 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal, more than 20 participants participated in the two-day BASIC course sponsored by the European Society for Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC). The third day of the course provided training for future instructors of the program.  The course was held immediately before ESPNIC’s 28th Annual Meeting, also in Lisbon.

Both days  started  with lectures which were followed up by skill stations where participants could use their  skills practically in simulated situations. Topics covered in lectures included:

  • Teamwork & Crisis Management
  • Assessment of the Seriously Ill Child
  • Acute Respiratory Failure
  • Airway Management
  • Mechanical Ventilation – Basics
  • Mechanical Ventilation - Modes -
  • Physiological Monitoring
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Life Threatening Arrhythmias
  • Fluids
  • Shock
  • Severe Sepsis & Septic Shock
  • Trauma
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Paediatric Neurological Emergencies
  • Oliguria & Renal Failure
  • Transport Exercise

Topics covered in Skill Stations included:

  • Airway
  • Resuscitation
  • Acid Base
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Assessment & Shock
  • Trauma
  • Vascular Access
  • Analgesia & Sedation

The overall feedback was extremely positive and this has stimulated us to host the course on an ongoing basis. More than half of the participants felt that this training would impact their clinical  practice. There were positive reviews about the highly interactive course. One participant stated “The skills stations had all the necessary equipment / material, which made the learning much easier.” When asked about the most helpful part of the course, another participant replied “Everything was helpful. The book is concise, the sessions highlighted the pitfalls and the group sessions helped answer a lot of practical questions.” Another very positive aspect was the instructors’ knowledge and expertise. According to one participant, “I appreciate the time and effort from the facilitators. It’s awesome to learn from the experts of the field in one place. (It was a ) very fruitful 2 days. ”