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Introduction

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by the highly contagious severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), is currently accelerating in the southern hemisphere. The clinical management of patients with COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. As there is currently no available treatment the survival of patients with severe COVID-19 (4-5% of all patients) is dependent on supportive therapy. These patients require supportive care such as oxygen therapy, intubation, and ventilation when presenting with complications such as bilateral pneumonia, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), multiple organ failure and cardiac complications. To respond to the anticipated need for such supportive therapy, there is an urgent need for healthcare professionals to update and refresh their knowledge around all aspects of providing respiratory support.

The course will focus on the basics of ventilation in and outside an intensive care setting within the COVID-19 environment in providing non-invasive and mechanical ventilation to identified patients…..more