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The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by the highly contagious severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), is currently accelerating in the southern hemisphere. The clinical management of patients with COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. As there is currently no available treatment the survival of patients with severe COVID-19 (4-5% of all patients) is dependent on supportive therapy. These patients require supportive care such as oxygen therapy, intubation, and ventilation when presenting with complications such as bilateral pneumonia, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), multiple organ failure and cardiac complications. To respond to the anticipated need for such supportive therapy, there is an urgent need for healthcare professionals to update and refresh their knowledge around all aspects of providing respiratory support.
The course will focus on the basics of ventilation in and outside an intensive care setting within the COVID-19 environment in providing non-invasive and mechanical ventilation to identified patients.
On achieving this course, a learner will be able to:
Medical doctors and Registered Nurses (RNs) whose scope of practice allow them to provide respiratory support for patients.
The How to Provide Respiratory Support for COVID-19 Patients course is a part-time distance (e-learning) short course.
The following modules are included in this short course:
Participants are required to complete the assessment component for each module for which a pass rate of 70% is required.
The minimum period required for completion is 8 hours.
FPD will award successful participants with a certificate of completion should they successfully complete the assessment process.
Accredited according to the HPCSA’s Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals for 11 Clinical CEU’s and 2 Ethical CEU’s on Level 2.
Funding was made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Right to Care a leading regional South African health systems strengthening organization.
For administrative and content related enquiries, please contact:
Dr Margot Uys
Head: School of Health Sciences
Foundation for Professional Development
For technical support, please contact our technical support staff:
Tel: +27 12 111 7001
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