Provision of Training on Intensive Care Medicine Skills for Health Professionals Not Regularly Working on Intensive Care Units

COVID-19 Skills Preparation Course

C19_SPACE stands for the Skills PrepAration CoursE. It was available for every doctor and nurse working in a hospital with an Intensive Care Unit. In this way, a ‘healthcare army’ was getting trained to fight against COVID-19.

Funded by the European Union, the programme provided Intensive Care Fundamentals for Healthcare Professionals not regularly working in Intensive Care Units (ICUs).

The programme was delivered in English and was FREE of charge (CME credits excluded).

The C19_SPACE programme has been delivered since 2020. It is currently closed.

The curriculum included topics such as:

  • Introduction to ICU
  • Personal safety, donning and doffing of PPE in times of COVID19
  • The ICU Patient: General Aspects & Admission Sequence
  • Basics of respiratory support
  • Basics of haemodynamic monitoring
  • Sepsis and infections
  • Other Aspects of ICU Care
  • Team care

The training followed a common structure, with two tailored learning pathways, for doctors and nurses respectively.

The content was delivered through the following learning components:

  • 8 Self-learning Multimedia Modules on a variety of topics ranging from “Personal Safety, Donning and Doffing of PPE” to “Basic of Respiratory Support and Haemodynamic Monitoring”.
  • 4 Video clinical cases to reflect on the decisions made, identifying differences and similarities with the custom and practice of the local unit and understanding their rationale.
  • 2D Virtual Reality Experiences to immerse yourself in realistic safe learning environments, tackling admission sequence of the ICU patients, decision-making pathways and 2 master cases on the “Deteriorating patient” and the “Stabilised patient”.

Haelthcare professionals were better trained to fight the pandemic.

Following successful completion of the training, participants received a Certificate of Completion endorsed by the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM).

If participants wished to claim the CME credits related to the C19_SPACE training programme, they could do so for an administrative cost incurred of 40 EUR.

The maximum of credits corresponding to the programme is 23 CMEs for doctors and 21 CMEs for nurses, respectively.  

The C19_SPACE programme did not replace comprehensive training in intensive care, nor did it confer the qualification of Intensivist.

The programme offered an introduction or review of the fundamentals of Intensive Care.

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