Pre-course: Survival Course Critical Emergency Skills for Young Doctors

Saturday 1 October: 08:00 - 17:00 

Course Director

  • Martin Fandler (Germany)


  • Lars Lomberg (Germany)
  • Thomas Plappert (Germany)
  • Kostja Steiner (Austria)
  • Peter Zechner (Austria)

Maximum number of delegates that can be accommodated:  20

Objective of the course 

The "Survival Course Critical Emergency Skills for Young Doctors" (SUCCESS) is based on a very simple concept - hands-on-training of critical skills needed for prehospital emergency doctors, in the emergency department, on ICU or even on the ward. The central theme of this full-day-course are the „4 Hs and 4Ts“ in Advanced Life Support. In short, focused and interactive presentations the main topics are covered, leaving much room for the practical hands-on-sessions, which include iv-access in difficult circumstances, intraosseous access, emergency ultrasound, finger thoracostomy, airway management with different methods including video laryngoscopy and alternative airways as well as the surgical airway. Theoretical sessions also include hypovolemia and shock including push-dose-pressor-use, hypoxia and airway, hyperkalemia, emergency toxicology, pulmonary embolism, pneumothorax and pericardial tamponade, ultrasound (focussing on eFAST).

This course has been „tested“ to great positive feedback at the German Emergency Medicine conference (DGINA) in Nuremberg 2014. 

Content of the course

To survive in the jungle of Emergency Medicine you need a strong will and clear concepts. All that is best learnt with your own hands - that’s why our focus in this course is hands-on learning. We show your strategies what to do with difficult intravenous access, unstable blood pressure and shock, emergency ultrasound, airway management with different devices and other life-saving techniques. 

Target group

Young doctors and experienced medical students, supported by and cooperating with the EuSEM Young Emergency Medical Doctors (EuSEM YEMD). 

Docents team

We are a mixed, experienced team of instructors with enthusiasm to teach and train. Our backgrounds include prehospital emergency medicine, anesthesiology, internal medicine and intensive care.  We are united in our passion for emergency medicine. 


08:00 Introduction  
08:30 Interactive Theory + Discussion („Hypovolemia/Shock“)
  • Alternative i.v. access (i.o., v.jug.ext., ultrasoundguided venous puncture)
  • Emergency ultrasound (eFAST + v.cava)

Interactive Theory + Discussion („Hypoxia“)

  • Difficult airway, surgical airway, RSI
10:30 Coffee break  
11:00 Hands-On
  • Ultrasound (eFAST + v.cava) 
  • i.v. and alternative access incl. (i.o., v.jug.ext., ultrasoundguided venous puncture)


  • Video laryngoscopy + supraglottic devices
  • Surgical airway
13:00 Lunch  
14:15 Short Warm-Up"
  • Interactive Theory + Discussion („Hyperkalemia, Toxins, Thromboembolism“)
14:30 Interactive Theory + Discussion („Tension“)
  • Ultrasound pneumothorax
  • Pneumothorax treatment: chest drain, puncture

Interactive Theory + Discussion („Shock“)

  • Catecholamines (push dose pressors) + volume
15:30 Hands-On
  • Thorax ultrasound


  • Chest drain + chest punction (+ pericardial drainage)
16:30 Final thoughs