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How to Provide Respiratory Support in the era of COVID-19: Short Course for Professional Nurses

10 Clinical Points Only Scholarship Access


At least 15-20% of all patients with COVID-19 disease will require hospitalization and of those 4-5% will require further intensive care such as oxygen therapy, intubation, and ventilation. The most common complications in severe COVID-19 patients, are bilateral pneumonia, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), multiple organ failure and cardiac complications. The high-risk groups such as the elderly, the patients with diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease and those that are immuno-compromised are especially vulnerable. Although the curve of new cases has flattened considerably and lockdown procedures have been relaxed, a considerable number of patients would still require hospitalization and supportive non-invasive oxygen therapy. Professional nurses are ideally placed to provide this support as long as they have the necessary skills to administer and manage this treatment modality.

Learning Outcomes

On achieving this course, a learner will be able to:
  1. Describe the components of care during COVID-19, with special focus on clinical nursing care.
  2. Describe and implement procedures to minimise contamination and transmission of COVID-19 in any nursing and respiratory support activities.
  3. Discuss indications and procedures for non-invasive respiratory support.
  4. Monitor patients on non-invasive respiratory support, describe troubleshooting and solutions related to respiratory support activities.
  5. Apply patient care principles during and when exiting care with an emphasis on caring for patients post extubation and discharge from ICU to general wards.

Course Design

The Short Course in How to Provide Respiratory Support for COVID-19 Patients for Professional Nurses is a part-time distance (e-learning) short course.

Course Content

  1. Essentials of Caring for the COVID-19 patient (New module)
  2. Procedures to minimise risk of contamination and transmission
  3. Introduction to non-invasive nurse lead respiratory support in COVID-19 patients
  4. Non-invasive respiratory support procedures
  5. Monitoring of patients on non-invasive respiratory support and post extubation care
  6. Collaboration with physiotherapist on post respiratory care rehabilitation (new content)


The minimum period for completion is 3 months after registration


FPD will award successful participants with a certificate of completion should they successfully complete the assessment process.


Accredited according to the HPCSA’s Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals for 10 Clinical CEU’s on Level 2.

Course Fee

Funding was made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Right to Care a leading regional South African health systems strengthening organization.

When Can You Enrol

Delegates can enrol for this course during the COVID 19 lockdown


For more information or to register, please contact
Tel: +27878211109
E-mail: lodined@foundation.co.za

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