COVID-19 Critical Care: Understanding and Application Course - The University of Edinburgh


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Program Description


Learn the principles and practice of critical care to treat and care for critically ill patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn to manage critical care patients whilst protecting yourself and your peers

“One of the essential qualities of the clinician is interest in humanity: the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient”

Francis W. Peabody, Harvard Medical School 1925

This course will teach you how to effectively care for critically ill patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You will learn the daily practice for frontline clinical staff supporting critical care patients with and without COVID-19, and how to apply ventilation and organ support principles to the care of a critically ill coronavirus patient.

Staff and patient safety are paramount. This course will help you to facilitate your own emotional and physical self-care and well-being in this high-stress, high-risk environment.

You will also learn about the required PPE and reflect on the practises necessary to emotionally support yourself and your colleagues.

What topics will you cover?

  • Deteriorating Patient
  • Daily Practice of Critical Care
  • COVID-19 Specifics
  • Ventilation and Organ Support
  • Self-care and Staff Well-being

When would you like to start?

Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts.

  • Available now

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:

  • Apply the current and evolving principles of Personal Protective Practices in the care of COVID-19 patients.
  • Apply evidence-based principles of advanced organ support and monitoring to the COVID-19 critically ill patient.
  • Apply evidence-based daily practices to care of the critically ill patient.
  • Develop a range of specialised self-caring practices, including being present, self-kindness, compassionate listening, soles of the feet, walk a mile in their moccasins.
  • Reflect critically on the complex elements required to achieve both self-awareness and self-compassion in a high tension environment.

Who is the course for?

This course has been designed for frontline clinical staff who are caring for critically ill patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This includes a wide range of healthcare professionals in acute care, from many different clinical speciality backgrounds.

You may have some previous critical care experience or none.

The information will support those refreshing critical care knowledge and skills, newly qualified doctors, those who are upskilling, and those returning to acute clinical services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who will you learn with?

Graham Nimmo

MSc in Critical Care Programme Co-Director, Physician and Intensivist, Past President of the Scottish Intensive Care Society and a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.

Olga Paterson

Olga is the Programme Administrator for the MSc in Critical Care, Linguist, Specialist in Translation/Interpreting (Russian, French and English languages)

Lindsay Rutherford

Lindsay is the MSc Critical Care programme academic co-ordinator and an Anaesthesia Associate within NHS Lothian. She is Senior Tutor for Postgraduate Taught for the Deanery of Clinical Sciences.

Dorothy Armstrong

Dorothy is Honorary Nurse Consultant, Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Lead Adviser to Scotland's Ombudsman and Director DA Professional.

David Griffith

MSc in Critical Care Co-Director. Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthesia. Senior Lecturer. The University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian.


Who developed the course?

The University of Edinburgh

Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top universities and is globally recognised for research, innovation and high-quality teaching.

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh has been enabling doctors to pursue their careers in specialist internal medicine through medical examinations, education and training, since 1681.

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