Online ventilator training to help doctors caring for COVID-19 patients

  • Imperial College London
  • 17 Apr 2020

  • curated by Dawn O'Shea
  • UK Medical News
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A new online training tool has been launched to quickly teach doctors and nurses how to operate ventilators under the direction of an intensive care consultant.

The new online tool, developed by Imperial College London, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Fundamental VR, allows redeployed clinicians to gain the key knowledge they need for ventilating patients. The training consists of a short how-to video that teaches the essentials of operating ventilators.

Clinicians can use the tool on their smartphone at home or in real-time as they care for patients, enabling them to begin running ventilators immediately under the supervision of an intensive care consultant. It can be accessed for free by any clinician across the world, regardless of health system or specialty.

Dr Richard Leonard, consultant in critical care at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “In intensive care we are hugely grateful for the selfless support, energy and dedication shown by so many staff from different specialties who have come to work with us. We hope that this training will support clinicians from multiple specialties to join the inspiring response to this worldwide pandemic. Everyone can make a difference and we hope this will give them the confidence to make a start.”

The resource is currently being rolled out across Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust with the hope of further roll out, both nationally and internationally, to support the global need to increase critical capacity in response to increasing numbers of COVID-19 patients.

The training tool can be accessed at: https://www.fundamentalsurgery.com/ventilator/v1/