COVID Response

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The Heart and Stroke Foundation is recommending caution and preparation for those with heart disease and stroke. It appears senior citizens with cardiovascular disease are more likely to become infected and have more severe symptoms based on current research.

With the current resurgence of COVID-19 in India, we will continue to provide resources for patients and healthcare professionals to assist in patient care.

COVID-19 Resources for Healthcare Providers

The materials in these videos are provided as quick resources and refreshers for healthcare providers who may be called to assist in critical care roles that are beyond their routine daily activities for COVID-19 patients. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of India still advocates that advanced airways be inserted and managed by the most experienced members of the clinical care team. These materials provide important information for the team members helping to support the ongoing ventilation management of COVID-19 patients.

Oxygenation and Ventilation

Non-invasive Support Overview

This module provides just-in-time training for the non-ICU healthcare provider for patients requiring ventilation assistance who are under investigation for or have confirmed cases of COVID-19. Content includes

  • Risk mitigation for frequently used ventilation assistance devices such as non-invasive ventilation (NIV) and high-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) in the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Brief review of the benefits and functionality of noninvasive ventilation and high-flow nasal cannula

Airway Management

This module is intended to make you aware of airway management items that may be different in patients who are under investigation for or have confirmed cases of COVID-19. Content includes

  • Review of criteria of when to intubate
  • Review of an inventory of items needed to successfully perform an intubation of those with or suspected of having COVID-19
  • Discussion of risk mitigation techniques specific to COVID-19 used to protect healthcare providers
  • Review of manual ventilation devices and filter placement

Ventilation Equipment

This module provides an overview of equipment types, settings, and adjustments of ventilators; key terminology related to oxygenation and ventilation; and important numbers and ranges and alarms for ventilation management.

Ventilation Management

This module contains information about invasive ventilation (intubation) and management of COVID-19 patients. Topics include when to use invasive ventilation, analgosedation, tables and goals for therapy, and treatment recommendations for Refractory Hypoxemia.

Frontline Conversations on CPR during COVID

Hear from resuscitation science experts in their responses to questions about emergency cardiovascular care and resuscitation in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, recorded in a webinar on Friday, 15 May 2020.

Prof.Dr. T.S. Ravikumar MS
Systems of Care & Patient Safety
President – All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) – Mangalagiri, AP

Dr. Sachin Menon MD
Internal Medicine & EMS & American Heart Association Subject Matter Expert
Fellowship in Intensive Care Medicine
Consultant Regional Director of the AHA – India, SL, Nepal & Bangladesh)
Expert Faculty for Guinness Record event for 28523 people trained in HOCPR

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