Community Children’s & Seattle Children’s Led Class for First-Line Workers on Caring for Critically Ill Children

Instructors from Community Children’s and Seattle Children’s brought nurses, paramedics, EMTs, PAs and physicians from all over Montana — Butte, Helena, Hamilton, and as far as Glendive — to practice stabilizing pediatric patients. The Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support (PFCCS) course teaches first-line clinical workers how to recognize and treat critically ill children, and involves both lectures and hands-on simulation. Infant and child interactive mannequins were used to provide groups with realistic scenarios.

Community Children’s was the first to bring this advanced course to Montana in 2016. This was the fifth time holding this course, in a scaled-back manner in order to be safe with regard to COVID considerations.  Since starting in 2016, Community Children’s pediatric intensivists have taught PFCCS to 128 front-line clinicians.

PFCCS will be offered again next fall, for those interested.  Email Maria Phillips ( in our Education Department to be on a list to be notified.

Pictured: Dr. Alex Kon