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The COVID-19 Orientation for Frontline Healthcare Providers in the Acute Care Setting is designed to educate and prepare frontline healthcare workers for patient care amid the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. It utilizes an all-inclusive, centered approach to the management of the disease by providing information about healthcare worker protection, care of the COVID-19-positive patient, and the activation and utilization of the global healthcare community to combat the pandemic.

Course Description

In this course, we will review the care of these patients by discussing the screening, testing, treatment protocols, and complications of COVID-19 positive patients. We will discuss measures to limit healthcare workers’ exposure to the virus as well as strategies for managing moral distress and burnout related to the care of COVID-19 patients. We will also address the ethical dilemmas that providers may face when dealing with cessation of efforts and withdrawal of support of critically ill patients.

Finally, we will gain a global perspective on COVID-19 and attempt to understand the trajectory of the disease and the need to respect and learn from colleagues across the globe, including how to stay up to date in the knowledge of this quickly evolving pandemic. 

By the end of this course, learners will be able to: 

  • Describe physical and psychological protective practices for healthcare workers.
  • Discuss the COVID-19 screening and diagnostic process. 
  • Implement COVID-19 treatment protocols for hospitalized and critical patients. 
  • Identify complications of COVID-19.
  • Recognize the factors that contribute to the decision to cease lifesaving measures in COVID-19 patients. 
  • Describe the importance of learning about COVID-19 from colleagues across the globe.
  • Compare and contrast clinical guidelines for protocols across multiple healthcare systems.
  • Evaluate your facility’s protocol based on the treatment protocols of other facilities. 
  • Recognize the importance of staying up to date on COVID-19.
  • Identify credible sources for ongoing COVID-19 information.
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