Practical Introduction to ICU

Category: Foundation - General

Date: January 26th 2013

Location: London NW1 2BU

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We are a group of anaesthetists, from the North Central London School of Anaesthesia who would like to notify you about our ‘Practical Introduction to ICU’ course at University College Hospital (UCH).

The course is designed for foundation doctors, core medical trainees, and ACCS trainees with little or no experience in ICU, and has been running successfully for the last four years. The course includes practical sessions (airway management, using a ventilator, central lines, chest drains), lectures and small groups teaching. Our course is also highly recommended for doctors who wish to pursue a career in Intensive Care medicine.

We have received a tremendous amount of positive feedback from our previous delegates and one of them has also written a review of our course in the BMJ. (BMJ Careers, June 2008)

The course is run twice every year, and our next course is scheduled to be held on 26 of January 2013 at the Education Centre at University College Hospital, London.  

Please find further details below. 

We would be most grateful if you would forward this email on to your trainees to alert them to this fantastic opportunity, and support them in attending if they wish to. 

Yours faithfully 

Dr.David Walker,Consultant Intensivist & Anaesthetist, UCH, London. (Course Chairman)


Course Information:

Date: Saturday 26 January 2013

Venue: UCH Education centre, 250, Euston road NW1 2BU

Aim: This course is specially designed for junior doctors (especially Foundation doctors year 1 and 2, Core medical trainees year 1 and 2 and ACCS trainees) with little or no experience in ICU on the basics of Critical Care Medicine.


Practical sessions: 

  • How to use a ventilator
  • How to resuscitate, use inotropes and oesophageal Doppler
  • Ultrasound guided central venous cannulation
  • Chest Drains on Simulated models.
  • Airway Management 

ICU Tricks and Secrets

  • Review of current hot papers in Intensive Care
  • Dealing with ICU crises: Shock, Hypoxia and ‘not ventilating’
  • ICU Housekeeping: The Boring Stuff that makes a difference

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