View a demo of FDM moduleFundamental Disaster Management (FDM) prepares healthcare professionals to treat victims of natural or manmade mass casualty events. It arms critical care professionals with the expertise to manage the critical care response to large-scale disasters. This one-day course focuses on critically ill patients who are admitted to your hospital and is a must for healthcare providers who may come in contact with critically ill and/or injured patients after a mass casualty event.

To apply for an FDM course license and purchase learners, please visit the Fundamentals portal. A username and password are required to log in. If you do not know this information, please e-mail fccs@sccm.org. Please note that each learner will receive a copy of the book and one certificate will be issued for each learner who successfully completes the course.

The Fundamentals Sales Team is available by phone at +1 847 827-6869 or by e-mail at fccs@sccm.org to answer any questions or to discuss planning.​​​​​​​​




The Fundamental Disaster Management (FDM) course prepares healthcare professionals to treat victims of natural or manmade mass casualty events. This one-day course can be licensed and brought to an institution in two ways, through a traditional live, instructor-led course, or an online, instructor-led course. Both course methods share the same:

  • 13 didactic lectures
  • 5 case-based skill stations  case-based skill stations
  • Pre- and posttests
  • Companion textbook
  • Certificate of successful course completion
  • Requirements for successful course completion: attend all didactic sessions, successfully complete all skill stations, and achieve a score of 70% or higher on the posttest

At the completion of the FDM course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify the core structure and functions of disaster incident management and describe how the critical care response is coordinated by the interfaces with incident managers.
  • List the types of events that are most likely to require a critical care response and describe the anticipated critical care needs of those affected.
  • Explain the significant changes in organization, staffing, and responsibility that may improve the provision of critical care during a mass casualty.
  • Describe the guiding principle for triage and allocation of scarce critical care resources during a disaster.
  • Demonstrate how to set up and troubleshoot alternative positive pressure ventilation equipment, such as the mechanical ventilators maintained by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Strategic National Stockpile.
  • Recognize the emergency situations that require use of personal protective equipment (PPE) or environmental controls while caring for critically ill victims.

Participation in, or completion of, this course does not confer any credential, nor does it satisfy any board certification requirement apart from the continuing education credit if offered for it. This course is not intended to replace, override, or conflict with any licensing or credentialing requirements.

Traditional Licensed Course
A live, instructor-led, two-day course is the traditional method for delivering the FDM course. Licensed sites arrange for qualified instructors to deliver the lectures and their related skill stations. Complete slide decks with speaker notes as well as administrative materials and forms are provided to each site. Textbooks are shipped to the site prior to the course dates, allowing learners to prepare for the live activity. The site coordinator administers the pre- and posttests and provides that information to SCCM, which prepares and ships certificates of completion to the site coordinator for distribution. The Fundamentals Sales Team can help sites that have not previously held a course find consultants who will lead the development of FDM on site. The goal is for individual sites to become self-sustaining in their delivery of the FDM program.

Online Licensed Course
Utilizing the well-established materials from the traditional, instructor-led course, this format allows sites to more efficiently deliver the didactic educational content and creates flexibility for instructors and learners for the delivery of the hands-on skill stations. Online lectures were prepared by leaders in critical care and delivered by professional presenters. Using a state-of-the-art online learning management system, participants complete the lecture portion of the course over four weeks. Pre- and post-tests assure their mastery of the educational content. Course directors and coordinators can monitor the progress of students in real time through their personalized administrative dashboard. Participants who successfully complete of the online licensed course will receive a certificate of completion. In addition, those learners will receive CE/CME from SCCM for their completion of the lecture portion of the program.

Choosing Online vs. Live Course
The instructor-led, online version of this program relieves the instructor of gathering students into a single classroom and providing instruction for the many lectures required for this course. Instead the students receive links to the course hosted in the SCCM Learning Management System, where they automatically receive the pretest, view the lectures and listen to a professionally recorded version of the audio for each chapter, download PDFs of the slides for note-taking, and interact with the program through pop quizzes and other interactive content. Students may leave and return to continue where they left off. The course director views student progress via an online dashboard until the student completes the lectures by taking the posttest. Pre- and posttest scores are provided to both the student and the course director. The course director schedules skill station time for the course. Each student then participates in the hands-on skill stations at the hosting institution. In addition, CE/CME is provided for physicians, nurses, and pharmacists through SCCM for the online modules. Thus, the online version of the course greatly relieves the burden of hosting this program.

​Traditional ​Online
​CE/CME ​Only if provided by the licensing institution ​6.5 hours provided by SCCM
​Location/Time ​A live in-person educational event, held at the institution’s discretion. ​The course can run at any time from anyplace.
​Skill Stations ​In-person at licensing institution ​Skills stations integrated into the online learning platform. 
​Cost (Tiered) ​$210-$1,260 per course.
Discounts for multiple courses.
​$630-$3,780 per course.
Discounts for multiple courses.
Text Book​ ​Paid via learner fee ​Paid via learner fee
Provider Certificate​? ​Yes ​Yes


 Course Schedule

The FDM course should be held on one full day. 
Alternative schedule examples might include:
  • Morning lectures followed by afternoon skill stations OR 
  • Two to three lectures followed by corresponding skill stations
A complete list of lectures and skill stations offered with the course is included below. General considerations about the sequencing of lectures and skill stations is presented in the detailed administrative materials provided to all approved sites. Variations from these suggestions are permitted for the convenience of participants. The Fundamentals Sales Team is available by phone at +1 847 827-6869 or by e-mail at fccs@sccm.org to answer any questions or to discuss planning.
  • Introduction: Fundamental Disaster Management
  • ICU Microcosm Within Disaster Medical Response
  • Augmenting Critical Care Capacity During a Disaster
  • Critical Care Management of Chemical Exposures
  • Biohazard Disasters: Natural and Intentional Outbreaks
  • Critical Care Management of Radiological Exposures
  • Blast Injuries
  • Mass Casualty Burn Care
  • Disasters Produced by Natural Phenomena
  • Caring for Critically Ill Children and Chronically Ill Patients During Disasters
  • Delivering Acute Care to Chronically Ill Adults in Shelters
  • Disaster Triage and Allocation of Scare Resources
  • Sustained Mechanical Ventilation Outside Traditional Intensive Care Units
Skill Stations
  • Impact 754
  • LP10
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Triage
  • LTV 1200



You will find suggestions and guidelines below to assist you in planning for your course. The course director, with the assistance of the course coordinator, has responsibility for planning, organizing and conducting the course. These responsibilities include faculty selection, course logistics, obtaining equipment, establishing participant registration processes, and requesting necessary course resources (audiovisual equipment, skills station equipment, catering, etc).

Detailed guidelines for course administration, including timelines, sample schedules, equipment lists, and forms, are provided to site coordinators/directors after course dates are set. The Fundamentals Sales Team can answer questions or discuss your plans with you. To reach a member of the team, please call +1 847 827-6869 or e-mail fccs@sccm.org.

Administrative Process
To apply for an FDM course license and add learners, please visit the Fundamentals portal. A username and password are required to log in. If you do not know this information, please e-mail fccs@sccm.org. Please note that each learner will receive a copy of the book and one certificate will be issued for each learner who successfully completes the course.
When planning and administering an FDM course, please use the following as a checklist.
  1. Choose the type of course (online instructor-led or live instructor-led)
  2. Submit an application for a course license and purchase learners through the Fundamentals portal
  3. Identify course dates (one day for live instructor-led course or skill station dates/time for online instructor-led course)
  4. Submit payment for license and learners to SCCM
  5. SCCM forwards course materials to approved course director/course coordinator
  6. Conduct course
  7. Submit final course data (e.g., attendee test results, certificate requests, faculty listing) to SCCM through the Fundamentals portal
  8. SCCM ships Certificates of Successful Completion to the site coordinator for distribution
When purchasing a course license, SCCM will provide a textbook for each purchased learner and electronic access to presentations, skill stations, texts, and administrative forms. Course sites are expected to provide:
  • Travel expenses for the course consultant and any visiting instructors
  • Honorarium for the course consultant, if requested (The course director may negotiate a lower or pro bono fee schedule; however, nothing higher than $1,000 is advocated by the FDM Program Committee, SCCM Council, or SCCM Executive Office.)
  • Comfortable conference room seating and food and beverage (for breaks and meals)
  • Materials for learner and instructor packets
  • Equipment for presentation delivery, including an LCD projector
  • Equipment for skill stations
Course Requirements
  • The first time a site or course director offers a course, course consultant mentorship and approval is required.
  • Selection of a course consultant is the site’s responsibility. If problems are encountered, please contact the Fundamentals Sales Team at SCCM headquarters.
  • The course consultant may request an honorarium, not to exceed $1,000. The course director may negotiate a lower or pro bono fee schedule; however, nothing higher than $1,000 is advocated by the FDM Program Committee, the SCCM Council, or the SCCM Executive Office.
  • Travel expenses for the course consultant and any visiting lecturers will be reimbursed by the site.
  • The course director must be an approved FDM instructor who has taught in at least two courses during the previous two years.
  • The course coordinator will provide administrative, organizational, and other types of support. There are no other requirements for the course coordinator.
  • Each course must have two approved instructors (may include the course director). All other lecturers may be clinical experts and associate instructors from a variety of areas and professions (e.g., nurse, physician assistant, respiratory therapist, pharmacist, and other specialist physicians).
  • Skill stations may be operated by non-FDM trained personnel, but integrity must be assured by the course director and the instructors.
  • For the initial course to be presented, the course director and course coordinator will work under the direction of a course consultant who will mentor them with organization and administrative issues during setup, and personally evaluate the initial course presentation.
Continuing Education Credits
Online instructor-led course: The online instructor-led format provides 6.5 CME credits for physicians and 6.5 contact hours for nurses and pharmacists.
Live instructor-led course: SCCM does not have direct involvement in the course offering; therefore, SCCM cannot issue CE/CME credit to course participants. If the institution or course sponsor is a national or state accredited CE/CME provider, it may wish to grant CE/CME credit for the course. Typical credit for a one-day course would be 8 CME credits for physicians and 8 contact hours for nurses and pharmacists.



Apply and Purchase

Single Course

Shaped by SCCM’s commitment to meeting the needs of each individual customer, the FDM course pricing structure is designed to be both fair and flexible. The Society offers two options: single course licenses and unlimited annual course licenses. Pricing options are tiered, based on the country in which the course is held. This allows SCCM to accommodate various ranges in needs and available financial resources.

Please contact the Fundamentals Sales Team at +1 847 827-6869 or via e-mail at fccs@sccm.org with any circumstances that may require special pricing consideration.

Live Instructor Licensed FDM Per Course Pricing​
For Profit​ ​$1,260
Nonprofit Tier 3 ​$790
​Nonprofit Tier 2 ​$525
​Nonprofit Tier 1
Online Licensed FDM  
(includes 6.5 hours of SCCM-provided CE/CME)                   
Per Course Pricing​
​For Profit ​$3,780
Nonprofit Tier 3 ​$2,370
​Nonprofit Tier 2 ​$1,575
​Nonprofit Tier 1 ​$630
Multicourse Discounts
Are you interested in holding multiple courses throughout the year? If you plan to hold four or more courses in one year, you should consider an unlimited license. The Society offers discounted course pricing for volume purchases – the more courses you purchase, the larger the discount. Please contact the Fundamentals Sales Team at +1 847 827-6869 or via email at fccs@sccm.org with any circumstances that may require special pricing consideration
Tiered Pricing
Tiered pricing is based on a country's Gross Domestic Product at Purchasing Power Parity Per Capita​ as reported by the World Bank in its most current World Development Indicators database.
GDP (PPP) per capita​
Nonprofit Tier 3​ ​More than $15,000
Nonprofit ​Tier 2 ​Between $5,000 and $15,000
Nonprofit ​Tier 1 ​Less than $5,000
Per Learner Pricing
Licensed institutions will be assessed a fee for each learner which includes a copy of the current edition of the textbook (print or eBook) and, upon successful completion of the course, a provider certificate.
Learner Fee Per Learner Price
Nonprofit Tier 3 ​$58/per learner
​Nonprofit Tier 2 ​$40/per learner
​Nonprofit Tier 1
​$20/per learner
Please call the Fundamentals Sales Team with any questions at +1 847 827-6869 or via contact them via e-mail at fccs@sccm.org.



 FDM Textbook


The Fundamental Disaster Management, Third Edition (FDM) course handbook is the reference and source for the standardized course comprised of 13 lectures and 5 skill stations. The handbook is appropriate for all healthcare professionals wanting to be prepared to assist patients after man-made or natural disasters, and other personnel who care for the critically ill and injured. It is an excellent "in the field" reference.

In the third addition, special emphasis is given to critical care response to in-patient surge in disaster aftermath with a virtual disaster ventilator module  and a new instructor component.

The FDM course was prepared under the direction of the Society of Critical Care by leading multiprofessional critical care educators with expertise in disaster preparedness. Chapters topics include:

  • Disaster preparation for the critical care provider - setting the stage
  • Intensive care unit microcosm within disaster medical response
  • Augmenting critical care capacity during a disaster
  • Critical care management of chemical exposures
  • Intentional and natural outbreaks of infectious disease
  • Critical care management of radiological exposures
  • Conventional explosions and blast injuries
  • Mass casualty burn care
  • Disasters produced by natural phenomena
  • Caring for critically ill children
  • Delivering acute care to chronically ill adults in shelters
  • Palliative care and mental health issues
  • Disaster triage and allocation of scarce resources
  • Sustained mechanical ventilation outside of traditional intensive care units
  • Personal protective equipment and decontamination management strategies

Single copy purchases of the current edition of the Fundamental Disaster Management textbook as well as other textbooks in the Fundamental series be made through the SCCM store. Pricing is $65 USD for SCCM members and $85 USD for nonmembers. 

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 Self-Directed FDM

Self-Directed Fundamental Disaster Management (FDM) provides a relaxed learning experience with access to the same didactic sessions found in the live version of the FDM course. Learn at your own pace from the comfort and convenience of your home or office and then assess your knowledge through the use of pre- and posttests.

Physicians, nurses, and pharmacists are eligible to receive 6.5 hours of continuing education credit. Self-Directed FDM includes 13 interactive learning modules and the FDM textbook (English), which is an excellent desktop reference. The textbook will be automatically shipped shortly after registration is completed. Registrants have two years from the date of enrollment to complete the course.
Participants who successfully complete the self-directed course will receive a provider certificate.

Pricing is $195 USD for SCCM members and $250 USD for nonmembers. For more information, contact the Fundamentals Sales Team at +1 847 827-6869 
or via e-mail at fccs@sccm.org.

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 Disaster Response Book

Preparing Your ICU for Disaster ResponsePreparing Your ICU for Disaster
This step-by-step guide is an excellent adjuct to the FDM course. This publication helps ICU professionals assess their current level of disaster preparedness. It provides information to help align your ICU response within an institutional disaster preparedness plan, as well as tips for how to translate this plan to accommodate your specific resource needs in the event of a critical care surge. Presented in an easy-to-follow format, this toolkit provides practical, usable resources for strategizing and implementing a standing plan for disaster preparedness.
Chapter topics include:
  • What Matters? The Role of an ICU During Disaster
  • Assessing Your ICU: Are You Ready to Respond to Disaster?
  • Leadership During a Disaster
  • Building an ICU Response Plan for Disasters
  • Implementing an Effective ICU Disaster Response Plan
  • Communication During Disaster
  • How to Build ICU Surge Capacity
  • Ethical Decision Making in Disasters: Key Ethical Principles and the Role of the Ethics Committee
  • Behavioral Health Issues
  • Pediatric Considerations: What Is Needed in My ICU to Care for These Casualties?
Appendix topics include:
  • Disaster Education and Training Resources
  • Additional Resources and Websites
  • Clinical Strategies During Disaster Response
  • Developing an ICU Supply and Other Templates for Disaster Response
  • Scenario-Based Pandemic Planning Templates
  • Communication Templates
  • Rush University Medical Center Communication Protocols for Nursing Personnel
  • ICU Lessons from a Mass Casualty Incident
  • Long-Term ICU and Healthcare Lessons Learned from the 2003 SARS Pandemic
  • Complex ICU Issues that Arise During an Influenza Pandemic 
  • The 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Lessons Learned from the Loss of Medical Infrastructure
  • Mount Sinai Hospital ICU Disaster Response Plan
Purchases can be made through the SCCM store. Pricing is $10 USD for nonmembers, and the book is available free of charge to SCCM members. Available as an ebook only.


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