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At least 15-20% of all patients with COVID-19 disease will require hospitalisation and of those 4-5% will require further intensive respiratory support, such as non-invasive oxygen therapy and in severe cases, mechanical ventilation. The most common complications in severe COVID-19 patients, are bilateral pneumonia, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), multiple organ failure and cardiac complications. The high-risk groups such as the elderly, the patients with diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease and those that are immuno-compromised are especially vulnerable. In the continuum of care for these patients the role of the physiotherapist is vital to restore functionality and implement a programme of rehabilitation.
This course is targeting physiotherapists to upskill them in providing respiratory support for COVID-19 patients and designing a rehabilitation programme prior to and post discharge.
The target audience is all physiotherapists and physiotherapy assistants and bio-kineticists involved in respiratory support activities across Africa.
Online course with interactive activities
Module 1: Introduction to the epidemiology, clinical manifestations and management in COVID-19 patients.
Overview of SARS-COV-2, the clinical presentations, transmission, infection control procedures required and indications for hospitalisation.
Module 2: Procedures to minimise risk of contamination and transmission: PPE for optimal protection.
Protection and implementation of PPE, donning and doffing, hand hygiene, infection control procedures, aerosol generating procedures and protective measure for physiotherapists, equipment re-use; Decontamination procedure.
Module 3: Physiotherapy approach in treating COVID-19 patients.
Classification, Screening, rehabilitation for COVID-19 patients, telehealth and respiratory physiotherapy techniques.
Module 4: General physiotherapy interventions in acute care.
Care in the acute care setting, identification and management of the different stages in COVID-19, risk and respiratory assessment of patients, complications in hospitalised care and ARDS. Basics of mechanical ventilation and non-invasive ventilation for the COVID-19 patient.
Module 5: Rehabilitation for COVID-19 patients. Physiotherapy rehabilitation and mobilisation for patients and caregivers, the multi-disciplinary team approach, muskulo-skeletal, neurological, psychological assessment of the COVID-19 patient.
Ventilator management: Understand the specific ventilator in use; Case study
Module 6: Managing the post-discharge period of the COVID-19 patient.
Hospital discharge criteria and first 6 weeks home-based care and support, flexibility exercises, strength exercises, aerobic exercises and taking up sporting activities.
Module 7: Ethical Issues around respiratory support in a COVID-19 environment
Ethical principles; Management of limited resources; Ethical dilemmas in COVID-19; Case study
To qualify for a certificate all participants will be assessed through Multiple Choice Questions after each module.
Accredited according to the HPCSA’s Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals for 13 Clinical CEU’s and 2 Ethical CEU’s on Level 2.
Funding was made possible by the generous support of the American people from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Right to Care, a leading regional health systems strengthening organization.
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