Health care providers now have a new resource at their disposal to help identify and treat sepsis patients in austere environments: a free, 70-minute online training module entitled Disaster Medicine: Sepsis. Please consider sharing the information across your networks. The module provides recommendations to identify and manage sepsis under austere conditions. The training features insights from…
Health care providers now have a new resource at their disposal to help identify and treat sepsis patients in austere environments: a free, 70-minute online training module entitled Disaster Medicine: Sepsis. Please consider sharing the information across your networks.
The module provides recommendations to identify and manage sepsis under austere conditions. The training features insights from four federal physicians with extensive experience with the challenges of delivering critical care during disasters and public health emergencies.
The Division of Research, Innovation and Ventures (DRIVe) within the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), and the Sepsis Alliance collaborated with experts from ASPR and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop the training module to assist emergency management and disaster response personnel, as well as medical staff responsible for triage in disaster settings.
According to the CDC, nearly 87 percent of sepsis originate outside the hospital. Therefore, it is critical to recognize these patients early within non-traditional clinical environments. The module is intended to address a gap identified in traditional disaster medicine training available to health care providers: education on the recognition and management of patients at risk of or presenting with sepsis. By focusing on disaster scenarios, this module emphasizes the identification, screening, stabilization, and evacuation of those suspected of developing sepsis and septic patients in austere conditions, with non-traditional clinical environments, and where there is a lack of laboratory testing.
Populations affected by disasters can be exposed to a variety of health hazards, such as trauma, burns, poor sanitation, and mass sheltering, all of which place them at increased risk of infection and, in turn, sepsis. Under the austere, resource-limited conditions typical of disaster zones, the clinical identification and management of sepsis can be more challenging than normal operating conditions in conventional health care settings.
Hopefully, those who utilize the training come away with greater insight into recognizing, assessing and evacuating sepsis or at-risk patients, and an increased awareness of the impact of sepsis as a health security threat on a national scale. This new online training module covers the foundational principles underlying all sepsis care; the identification of sepsis patients in field conditions where recognizing at-risk populations and the signs and symptoms of sepsis can be especially challenging; the screening and stabilization of septic patients in the field; and the challenges of coordinating evacuation of septic patients from a disaster site.
Health care professionals can receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit or nursing continuing education contact hours upon successful completion of the training. Sepsis Alliance has made the free training available at the Sepsis Alliance Institute. Sepsis Alliance is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider Number CEP17068). In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Medical Education Resources (MER) and Sepsis Alliance. MER is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.
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Virtual training has emerged as critical for in-home caregivers during the COVID-19 public health emergency and that development is likely to continue in 2021, even after the pandemic ends, accordingt to a new survey of 11,000 home caregivers across the United States by Medflyt, a HIPAA-compliant web-based workforce management platform for home care agencies.
Over 83 percent of surveyed caregivers have become more interested in in-service mobile training since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the survey, and 60 percent would rather be trained online instead of in person.
In addition, 38 percent of respondents wanted to onboard remotely, a much higher figure than before the start of the public health emergency.
“The pandemic has forced the homecare industry to digitally transform sooner than expected, creating a skills/training gap as patients rely on at-home health care,” said Levi Y. Pavlovsky, COO and co-founder of Medflyt. “Based on our findings, it’s clear that agencies are in need of solutions to help simplify caregiver staffing, training and compliance. In addition, caregivers are looking for more mobile-based options.”
Most (62 percent) of caregivers said that easy and quick onboarding and ease of staffing are reasons to stay with or choose one agency over another. Additionally, 44 percent said better communication and and flexibility from agencies would considerably improve their training.
A majority (54 percent) of respondents said they want to be educated on topics related to the public health emergency such as social distancing, regulations and sanitation, in relation to their work.
“The data also shows that caregivers need more communication from their agencies,” added Pavlovsky. “In-home health care remains one of the most underserved and unappreciated industries, and the challenges posed by COVID-19 have called attention to that sentiment. Through our suite of solutions that aim to provide the resources and flexibility caregivers and agencies need to continue to provide quality care to every patient, Medflyt is in a position to change that.”
Virtual training has emerged as critical for in-home caregivers during the COVID-19 public health emergency and that development is likely to continue in 2021, even after the pandemic ends, accordingt to a new survey of 11,000 home caregivers across the United States by Medflyt, a HIPAA-compliant web-based workforce management platform for home care agencies. Over 83…
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