The Shock Course

This course is a one-day, hands-on workshop designed for rural emergency healthcare teams.  Participants will review the management of the hemodynamically unstable patient and discuss the specific steps that must be taken by each member of the health care team in the workup and treatment of these patients. It is a case-based course that is interactive, with lots of hands-on time practicing with ultrasound, as well as central line insertion and management. Instructors are all rural physicians and nurses with experience in critical care. To date, the Shock Course has visited 30 communities across BC.


  • Diagnosing and managing the hemodynamically unstable patient using tools typically available in a rural setting.
  • Recognizing different types of shock.
  • How to apply early goal-directed therapy for sepsis in your community ER.
  • Hands-on training in using point-of-care ultrasound on live models for shock diagnosis (FAST exam, RUSH protocol).
  • Hands-on practice in procedures such as CV catheter insertion, ultrasound-guided central lines, peripheral lines, and intraosseous needle placement on mannequins.
  • Specific training for nurses in managing fluids and tubing, administering vasopressors, etc.


Target Audience: Rural emergency healthcare teams

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