The Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care at the Faculty of General Medicine of the University of Debrecen (DE ÁOK) started a special e-learning training programme in the field of treating coronavirus patients in intensive care units. Physicians, interns and other specialised medical professionals in the healthcare system of the University of Debrecen are broadening their knowledge in the framework of a thematic training programme including protocols and recommendations focusing on the coronavirus pandemic.
The e-learning programme also has a practical training component. At the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care of the Clinical Center of the University of Debrecen, members of the healthcare team are learning the specific features of treating COVID-19 patients, as well as reducing the risk of personal infection.
In the course of the practical training, participants learn, among other things, the use of the personal protective equipment, maintaining COVID-19 patients’ airways, artificial respiration, medication, and ultrasound examinations focusing on thoracic malignancies.
A part of the equipment necessary for the complex practical training is provided by the Center for Medical Simulation. Healthcare workers are trained in a life-like environment, in the simulation room built at the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care.
In addition, it is also possible to practice caring for coronavirus patients with the use of high-fidelity patient simulators producing life-like symptoms. The simulator received the necessary updates, and is now perfectly suitable for the complex situational, simulation-based training of caring for COVID-19 patients.
The University of Debrecen provides an opportunity for all physicians, interns and healthcare workers to participate in the training, but a priority is given to those who will work in the front line of the COVID response according to the plans.
The practical training supplementing the e-learning component takes place in two-hour blocks, in groups of 9 working in 2 rooms, which means that a total of 81 healthcare professionals a day can participate in the simulation-based course. The intensive therapy training launched in response to the emergency posed by the coronavirus pandemic started on 1 April. The courses announced one week in advance are already fully booked, and therefore, the department is continuously posting the new available dates.