Why is this topic important? Circulation problems can be a rapid and common cause of death for patients with COVID-19.
For whom: This section will be relevant to all health care practitioners caring for patients with COVID-19 but may be of particular relevance to (in order):
- Acute care specialist (including anaesthesiologists) covering intensive care during the pandemic;
- Non-critical care nurses covering intensive care during the pandemic;
- Respiratory therapists who may end up expanding roles during the pandemic;
- A refresher for critical care physicians.
Your potential role: Depending on jurisdiction and regulatory conditions, in extreme conditions, physicians from acute care specialties without advanced circulation skills maybe required to manage a patient who needs support of their circulation. The non-critical care nurse may end up supporting this activity.
The following resources are meant to supplement your learning in practice- and/or simulation-based settings. NB: Some resources may be more/less pertinent based on your profession, scope of practice, and the model of care within your local context.