The critical care course is an integrated part of SWEETs. Lectures are open to all delegates, seminars and scenario training for course participants only. We asked Cliff Reid to summarize the learning objectives and this was his first draft. Now we would like to invite everyone interested in the course to comment. What is it that emergency physicians need and want to learn about critical care?

SWEETs15 Crit Care Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:


– Optimise patient positioning for airway management

– Maximise the effectiveness of bag-mask ventilation

– Appreciate the indications and contraindications to rapid sequence induction of anaesthesia (RSI)

– Prescribe an induction agent and neuromuscular blocker in adults and children

– Apply strategies to optimise first pass laryngoscopy success

– Perform rescue airway techniques in the event of failed laryngoscopy

– Assess an intubated patient in the emergency department

– Prioritise the treatment of an intubated post-arrest patient

– Prescribe analgesia and sedation to an intubated patient



– Interpret waveform capnography

– Understand the indications for non-invasive ventilation

– Prepare basic settings on a transport ventilator for an intubated patient

– Identify a ventilation strategy in the emergency department for an intubated patient with obstructive airways disease



– Appreciate the significance of hypotension in the emergency department

– Rapidly categorise causes of hypotension and pulseless electrical activity in the resuscitation setting

– Identify and relieve obstructive causes of shock

– Understand the pros and cons of fluid resuscitation strategies in the early phase of critical illness

– Discuss a simple approach to vasoactive therapy in the hypotensive patient

– Understand the priniciples of neuroprotection in the unconscious resuscitation patient

Apply evidence based therapies to patients with septic shock

Apply critical care principles to the resuscitation of children in the emergency department