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How to provide comprehensive care and support to patients with COVID-19

2 ethics 5 clinical Points Only Scholarship Access

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The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released a statement that stated that unless 70% of the global population is vaccinated the COVID-19 pandemic won’t end. Currently in South Africa only 8,2% of the population has been vaccinated (Our world in data, 2021). Compared to 2020 great headway has been made in terms of managing patients with COVID-19 but this year there is also much more of a shift in terms of managing patient’s post-COVID. With the third wave starting in South Africa and the added burden of seasonal infections effective management of patient’s with COVID-19 is now more important than ever. It is essential for healthcare professionals that deal with COVID-19 to stay ahead of the newest development.

This all-inclusive course will focus on the comprehensive care for COVID-19 patients from initial presentation to being able to manage the aftermath and late onset of complications associated with COVID-19. This unique course is tailored to your professional needs will provide you with the means to stay ahead.

Who Should Enroll

  • Medical Practitioners (MP)
  • Intern Doctors (IN)
  • Clinical Associates (CA)
  • Clinical Technologists (CT)
  • Emergency Care Practitioners (ECP)
  • Paramedics (ANT)
  • Intermediate Life Support Paramedics (ILS)
  • Basic Life Support Paramedics (BLS)
  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Enrolled nurses (EN)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to overall:

  • Describe the epidemiology and basic virology of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants.
  • Implement infection control and prevention protocols based on the modes of transmission of SARS-CoV-2.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of COVID-19 based on clinical presentations.
  • Recognise and manage risk factors and complications in severe COVID-19 disease.
  • Illustrate a comprehensive understanding of appropriate non-invasive airway management.

In addition, each cadre of healthcare professional will have an elective section, specifically focussed on their scope of practice.

BLS/ILS/Enrolled Nurses:

  • Implement safe transfer protocols for all diagnosed and potential COVID-19 patients.
  • Implement Basic Life Support Protocols within a COVID-19 framework.


  • Articulate the indications and complications associated with invasive ventilation.
  • Identify potential complex patients for inter-hospital transfer.
  • Implement safe transfer protocols for all diagnosed and potential COVID-19 patients.

Clinical Technologists

  • Articulate important ventilator settings in terms of general ventilator goals.
  • Use appropriate pharmacotherapy in achieving optimal ventilation of patients with COVID-19.
  • Articulate important ventilator settings specific to COVID-19 patients.

Clinical Associates / Registered Nurses

  • Articulate the indications and complications associated with invasive ventilation.
  • Use appropriate pharmacotherapy in achieving optimal management of patients with suspected and confirmed COVID-19 disease.
  • Illustrate an understanding of ethical principles in the comprehensive management of COVID-19 patients.

Medical Practitioners

  • Analyse different patient presentations and appropriately initiate invasive ventilation techniques.
  • Collaborate with the healthcare team in initiating appropriate pharmacotherapy in the management of patients with moderate-severe COVID-19 disease.
  • Plan for post-COVID care including rehabilitation where appropriate.
  • Illustrate appropriate monitoring of inpatients with COVID-19.

Course Design

This course is designed to align your specific scope of practice in the comprehensive management of COVID-19 patients. It is structured as distance online education that is accessible as open-enrollment.

Course Content

This course is based on a compulsory and elective model. The compulsory (core) modules are as follows:

  1. Overview of COVID-19
  2. Transmission and Personal Protective Equipment
  3. Clinical Presentation of COVID-19
  4. Non-invasive Airway Management
  5. Ethical considerations in COVID-19

You will be directed to the appropriate cadre-specific study material by selecting your profession upon entry of this course.


Participants are required to complete all online assessments with a cumulative average of 70% to acquire a certificate of completion.


The minimum period of completion is:

BLS/ILS: 3.5-Hours
ECP/Paramedics: 4-Hours
Clinical Technologists: 4-Hours
Clinical Associates: 3.5 Hours
Medical Practitioners: 4.5 Hours


FPD will award successful participants with a certificate of completion upon completion of all online learning activities


This course is accredited according to the HPCSA’s Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals for 5 Clinical 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 more information or to register, please contact
Tel: 087 821 1109
E-mail: healthscience@foundation.co.za
Address: P.O. Box 75324, Lynnwood Ridge, 0040
Website: www.foundation.co.za

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