Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare
There’s a lot of information available regarding the coronavirus known as COVID-19 and there will be more as time goes on. I posted several resources earlier today – here are some more:
- AHCA/NCAL is hosting a COVID-19 webinar for LTC providers on Tuesday, March 3rd from 4pm to 5:15pm (ET). “In the interest of public health, this webinar is open to all long term care providers, including members and non-members of AHCA/NCAL. The webinar will include an update from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials and AHCA/NCAL staff.” Click here to join the webinar. Join the webinar 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. You’ll be asked to enter your name, email address and the number of people participating in this webinar then enter the meeting. You will be able to listen to the program via streaming audio or through your computer speakers. If the presentation cuts out, refresh your screen by pressing F5 (CommandR for a MAC). If you cannot join through digital audio, you may join by phone in listen only mode: – US: 1(646) 876-9923 or 1 (669) 900-6833 – Webinar ID: 695 903 771.
- Checklist for Healthcare Facilities: Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators during the COVID-19 Response
- Release of Stockpiled N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators Beyond the Manufacturer-Designated Shelf Life: Considerations for the COVID-19 Response
The last hyperlink takes you to a WHO (World Health Organization) course that “provides information on what facilities should be doing to be prepared to respond to a case of an emerging respiratory virus such as the novel coronavirus, how to identify a case once it occurs, and how to properly implement IPC measures to ensure there is no further transmission to HCW or to other patients and others in the healthcare facility. This training is intended for healthcare workers and public health professionals, as it is focused on infection prevention and control.” This looks to be a great course, approximately 1 hour in length. It is self-paced and available in English.
This course will cover the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures required in order to:
- Be prepared and ready to respondto an outbreak, in particular, the one due to COVID-19.
- Limit human to human transmissionby way of implementing WHO recommended IPC interventions.
- Identify, isolate and reportsuspect and confirmed cases.
There are resources attached to each module to help you dive further into this topic.
On completion of this course, you should be able to:
- define IPC and its role in the context of preparedness, readiness and response;
- describe the current epidemiological COVID-19 situation, including case definitions and signs & symptoms;
- describe source control, administrative controls and environmental and engineering controls;
- describe the WHO-recommended IPC measures for health care facilities, including when dealing with suspect or confirmed COVID-19 cases;
- describe additional IPC measures to be taken to assist in general preparedness within a health care facility.
Course duration: Approximately 1 hour.
Certificates: No certificate available at this time.
- Module 1: Preparedness, readiness and IPC:
This module provides an overview of Infection Prevention and Control measures for preparedness and readiness.
- Module 2: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19): its epidemiology, risk factors, definitions and symptomology:
Module 2 provides an introduction to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Module 3: Standard precautions, transmission-based precautions & COVID-19 specific recommendations:
This module reviews various precautions which should be taken to prepare for and respond to COVID-19.