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This course includes content on clinical management of patients with a severe acute respiratory infection.
It is intended for clinicians who are working in intensive care units (ICUs) in low and middle-income countries and managing adult and pediatric patients with severe forms of acute respiratory infection (SARI), including severe pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), sepsis and septic shock. It is a hands-on practical guide to be used by health care professionals involved in clinical care management during outbreaks of influenza virus (seasonal) human infection due avian influenza virus (H5N1, H7N9), MERS-CoV, COVID-19 or other emerging respiratory viral epidemics.
Learning objectives: By the end of this course, participants should:
- Possess some of the necessary tools that can be used to care for the critically ill patient from hospital entry to hospital discharge.
Course duration: Approximately 10 hours.
Certificates: A Confirmation of Participation is available to participants who complete 90% of the course material.
Target audience: This course is intended for clinicians who are working in intensive care units (ICUs) in low and middle-income countries.
Module 1: Introduction to COVID-19 and IPC:
This module covers a clinical update on COVID-19 as of 30.01.2020, and infection prevention and control (IPC) for patients with Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (SARI).
Module 2: Clinical Syndromes and Pathophysiology of Sepsis and ARDS:
This module covers clinical syndromes and the pathophysiology of Sepsis and ARDS.
Module 3: Triage:
This module covers triage and early recognition of patients with SARI. It includes two role-playing scenarios.
Module 4: Monitoring :
In this module, participants will learn about monitoring patients with SARI.
Module 5: Diagnostics:
In this module, participants will learn about differential diagnosis, specimen collection and diagnostic tests for SARI.
Module 6: Oxygen Therapy:
This module covers oxygen therapy.
Module 7: Antimicrobials:
This module covers antimicrobial therapy and its modification after diagnostic test interpretation.
Module 8: Sepsis:
In this module, participants will learn how to deliver targeted resuscitation for Sepsis and septic shock.
Module 9: Mechanical Ventilation:
In this module, participants will learn how to deliver lung-protective ventilation for invasive mechanical ventilation for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).
Module 10: Sedation:
This module covers invasive mechanical ventilation for ARDS, managing pain, agitation and delirium.
Module 11: Best Practices to Prevent Complications:
This module covers the best practices to prevent complications.
Module 12: Liberation from Mechanical Ventilation:
In this module, participants will learn about liberation from Mechanical Ventilation.
Module 13: Quality in Critical Care:
This module covers quality in critical care.
Module 14: Pandemic Preparedness and Ethical Considerations:
In this module, participants will learn about pandemic preparedness and ethical considerations.