Course at Driscoll Children’s Hospital gives pediatric critical care providers an edge

For the second year, Driscoll Children’s Hospital will offer the Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support (PFCCS) course for healthcare providers, including emergency medicine physicians, nurses, transport teams and others who care for unstable, critically ill or injured pediatric patients.

“This course is designed to complement the participants’ knowledge and enhance their careers,” said Karl Serrao, MD, course director and pediatric intensivist at Driscoll. “It will provide them with current, leading-edge critical care information that can help them save lives.”

As one of only three children’s hospitals in Texas offering the course, Driscoll hopes to attract healthcare professionals from all over the nation. The last course in April included participants from North Carolina and New Mexico.

“We anticipate an increase in participants from throughout the state and nationally,” Dr. Serrao said.

The next PFCCS course is open to resident physicians only – locally and nationally – and will be held August 26-27. A course to be held October 7-8 is open to all healthcare professionals.

Continuing medical education credit is available through the course, as well as continuing nursing education. Driscoll Children’s Hospital provides up to 16 contact hours for successful completion.

To learn more or to register for the PFCCS course, contact Chris Joyal, RN, BSN, CPN, at (361) 694-6142 or

What: Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support course
When: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 26-27 (residents only); 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 7-8
Where: Driscoll Children’s Hospital, , Health Center, Dr. McIver Furman Room II, 3533 S. Alameda St.
Cost: Driscoll employees: $60 for books; non-Driscoll physicians: $350 (includes books); other healthcare professionals: $275 (includes books)
Information: (361) 694-6142 or