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New Toolkit Teaches Oxygenation and Ventilation Basics During COVID 19

Objective: To communicate that the new toolkit teaches oxygenation and ventilation basics during COVID-19 pandemic.

In this unique time of coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, healthcare professionals (HCPs) are using their expertise for helping out in the intensive care unit with critically ill patients requiring ventilatory support. The American Heart Association (AHA), in conjunction with the American Association of Respiratory Care and the American Society of Anesthesiologists, has released four training modules designed to teach healthcare professionals the basics of oxygenation and ventilation management for COVID-19 patients:

Module 1: Noninvasive Support Overview: Provides specific guidance for the non-intensive care unit healthcare provider for treating patients who need ventilation assistance and who are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19. Information regarding risk-mitigation strategies that include frequently used ventilation- assistance devices, such as noninvasive ventilation (NIV) and high-flow nasal cannula (HFNC); and a brief review of the benefits and functionality of NIV and HFNC.

Module 2: Airway Management: Provides information on airway management stuffs for COVID-19 patients including individuals under investigation or have confirmed COVID-19. The content includes a review of criteria for when to intubate; a review of an inventory of items needed to successfully perform an intubation of those with or suspected of having COVID-19; discussion of risk-mitigation techniques specific to COVID-19 used to protect healthcare providers; and a review of manual-ventilation devices and filter placement.

Module 3: Ventilation Equipment: Provides an overview of equipment types, settings, and adjustments of ventilators and also about key terminology related to oxygenation and ventilation and important numbers and ranges and alarms for ventilation management.

Module 4: Ventilation Management: Provides information about intubation and management of COVID-19 patients. It includes topics such as when to use invasive ventilation, analgosedation, tables and goals for therapy, and treatment recommendations for refractory hypoxemia

Reference: COVID-19: New Toolkit Teaches Oxygenation and Ventilation Basics. Available from: . Accessed on May 7, 2020.