COVID-19: A Healthcare Pandemic

The purpose of this educational offering is to familiarize the healthcare professional with the issues surrounding COVID-19, a coronavirus that is currently causing a healthcare pandemic. This novel, or new coronavirus was identified last year (2019), and is currently causing increasing numbers of illness and death worldwide. As this viral infection takes a financial, medical, and emotional toll on the worldwide population, it is imperative that all healthcare workers have a basic understanding of the virus, its symptoms and transmission, and most importantly, what measures can be taken to lower the risk of infection in all areas of work and home. Disclaimer: COVID-19 is a new disease and research on its treatment is constantly changing (updating). For the most current information on COVID-19, please check with reliable sources, many of whom are listed on the reference page, for the latest up to date treatment guidelines. 

Course Publication Date: March 31, 2021

This course is available with NO ADDITIONAL FEE if you have an active one year unlimited membership!

Author:Maureen Sullivan-Tevault RN, BSN, CEN, CDCES
Course No:COVID19-21
Contact Hours:2.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Community & Home Health
Critical Care Medicine
Emergency & Trauma Medicine
Medical & Surgical Issues
Professional Issues
Learning Objectives
  • Recall what is meant by the term coronavirus and the acronym COVID-19.

  • Identify signs and symptoms pertaining to the clinical presentation of a suspected coronavirus patient (COVID-19), including overviews of Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and Pediatric Kawasaki Disease (KD).

  • Recognize infection control issues related to care of the coronavirus patient (COVID-19).

  • Identify the likely origin of coronavirus in Wuhan, China.

  • Recall proper handwashing guidelines and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

  • Identify ongoing research and development of treatments (medications, vaccines, and plasma therapy) for confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19), including update on remdesivir clinical trials.

  • Recall the differences between the terms outbreak, epidemic, and pandemic.

  • Recall the term “vulnerable population” as a high-risk group for developing coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Identify the differences between the terms contagious and infectious.

  • Recognize caregiver burnout versus moral injury; discuss treatment options

  • Identify CMS guidelines for facility surveys during healthcare pandemic

  • Recall infection control guidelines and areas of concern for COVID-19 confirmed cases in a healthcare setting.

  • Recognize the reasoning behind the approval of the Emergency or Disaster Treatment Protection Act (EDTPA) as it relates to a healthcare pandemic.


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