This curriculum is for residents at Boston Children’s Hospital who are completing their Pediatric Intensive Care Unit rotation at Boston Medical Center. 

Learning Objectives

  • Identify various oxygen-delivery devices and their associated benefits and limitations
  • Demonstrate effective manual bag-mask ventilation technique
  • Describe basic principles, including indications and contraindications, of non-invasive ventilation strategies
  • Describe the basic principles of invasive mechanical ventilation, with specific focus on ARDS and lung protective strategies
  • Identify and interpret ventilator waveforms in intubated patients, based on various clinical scenarios
  • Identify common cardiac arrhythmias and approach to acute management in emergency situations
  • Define status epilepticus, seizure pathophysiology, and mechanisms of action for medications used in status epilepticus
  • Review an algorithm for the acute management of status epilepticus, including medications and potential complications
  • Describe the pathophysiolgy, clinical presentation, and stepwise management for status asthmaticus, including ventilator strategies for intubated patients
  • Describe the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and basic management of different etiologies of shock
  • Describe the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and basic management of diabetic ketoacidosis
  • Develop a systematic approach to evaluating a patient with a traumatic injury

Suggested Audience

  • Physicians
  • Physician Trainees

Curriculum Director

Traci Wolbrink, MD, MPH


Robert Pascucci, MD, Robert Graham, MD, Gerhard Wolf, MD, Brian Walsh, RRT, Traci Wolbrink, MD, Nancy Craig, RRT, Craig Smallwood, RRT, Christopher Weldon, MD, PhD, David Mooney, MD, MPH, Tom Shanley, MD, Mjaye Mazwi, MD, Michael Agus, MD, Elliot Melendez, MD

Release Date

  • Released: August 28, 2013