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

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Introduction

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.

ECP/ALS/Paramedics

  • 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.


Assessment

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


Time

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


Certification

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


Accreditation

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.


Sponsorship

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.


Contact

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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