BASIC Course 2021-01-15T15:37:25+00:00

The BASIC course is a two day course, held twice yearly  (April and November); consisting of lectures, skill stations and tutorials taught by Intensive Care specialists, with an emphasis on a practical approach to management of critically ill patients


  • Course textbook, mailed to participants prior to the course
  • Pre-course MCQ
  • Course lectures/skill stations
  • Post-course MCQ

Target audience


  • Junior ICU doctors with little ICU experience
  • Senior trainees in Anaesthesia & ICU
  • Senior ICU nurses

Topics (including but not limited to the following):

  • Airway management
  • Acute respiratory failure
  • Mechanical ventilation
    • Basics
    • Common modes
    • Settings
    • Troubleshooting
    • Specific conditions
  • Haemodynamic monitoring
  • Management of shock
  • Sepsis
  • Interpretation of arterial blood gases
  • Transport of critically ill patients
  • Trauma
  • Neurological emergencies
  • Oliguria & acute renal failure
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Arrhythmia

BASIC Course is a multi-disciplinary course, which welcomes candidates from all specialties (critical care medicine, anaesthesia, medicine, surgery, emergency medicine, interns). The course feedback since its inception in Ireland has been uniformly positive. Candidates consistently praise BASIC’s enhancement of their training experience particularly around the time where trainees begin critical care medicine training.

The next BASIC course will be held on the 29th & 30th April 2021.  

Please note that the course is extremely popular,  and priority is given to Anaesthesia and ICU trainees.

There are 36 places on each course with 6 places allocated to Interns and 6 Places allocated to Senior ICU Nurses.

Registration for the course will open on at 9am on Wednesday 20th January. To apply for a place on the course, fill in the application form and return to icsi@coa.ie. Please note that any applications submitted before the opening date/time will not be accepted.

Registration for the Course will open in January. Further information on registration will be provided in the New Year.