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Scientists who’re part of AACC Learning have come up with a course on COVID-19. This free course will cover aspects such as the origin of the disease, how it is transmitted, complications, diagnosis and prevention. The module is available for healthcare and non-healthcare professionals. More than 70,000 people have completed the course. For details, visit: aacc.org
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On top of dangerous shortages of personal protective equipment, ventilators, space, and personnel, hospitals also have a critical need for proper training. “Mechanical Ventilation for COVID-19” is designed for non-ICU workers who will be joining the front lines in ICUs and other critical care facilities. It was designed by Dr. Susan Wilcox and Mr. Thomas Piraino of the American Association of Respiratory Care in tandem with Harvard and edX, and funded through a grant from Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative co-founded by Wendy and Eric Schmidt, Google’s Executive Chairman.
The entire course can be completed in two to five hours, and it’s free to access. All you’ll need to do is click “enroll”.
What the course covers
The course covers the principles and physiology of invasive mechanical ventilation. Among other things, students will learn how to troubleshoot the ventilator, the specifics of ventilating patients in special circumstances like Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and Obstructive Lung Disease, and how standard ventilation practices are different for COVID-19 patients.
“There are reasons to opt for early intubation for COVID-19 patients (reduces the risk of aerosolization of the virus), so we are focusing on that.” Harvard University explained in a statement. “[The course] is more about patient monitoring and treatment options that non-specialists may not be familiar with than the mechanics of operating a machine.”