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COVID-19, a Multidisciplinary Challenge

More than a year has passed, and the COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted the routine of health professionals within hospitals around the world, pushing them to their limits.

Fortunately, most patients have mild to moderate symptoms, but those with a severe COVID-19 infection remain a challenge to the healthcare team that assists them1,2,3. With healthcare professionals specialized in so many different areas, it is no surprise that many of them are not prepared to provide the complex and specific care that a high-risk patient demands.

In response to COVID-19, hospitals call doctors, nurses, paramedics, and physiotherapists who are not specialists in Emergency or Intensive Care to the front line. These workers must be trained as quickly, effectively, and safely as possible.

Even professionals used to the daily routine of critically ill patients and invasive procedures find it challenging to take care of coronavirus patients due to the extra concern of contamination and the proper use of Personal Protective Equipment4.

The COVID-19 crisis has taken all health workers out of their comfort zones, and there is no alternative but to adapt to this new reality.

Practice how to treat COVID-19 patients

In these troubled times, we can and should use technology to our advantage. Simulators and high-fidelity manikins are tools for practicing skills, correcting mistakes, and experiencing emergency scenarios in a stressful and contaminated environment, individually and as a team.

Our patient simulators, both adult and pediatric, have realistic anatomy that allows the training of several emergency procedures and technical skills of vital importance for those who treat COVID-19 patients, like:

  • Airway management with multiple devices,

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation,

  • Scenarios of severe arrhythmias, septic shock, and many others.

Another powerful and valuable tool is the Command-X. Our patient monitor software was specially designed to help staff and students familiarize themselves with the sophisticated monitoring systems from an ICU and improve their skills through simulation training, with the advantage of being used remotely, complying with social distancing rules.

Medical-X’s goal is to support the healthcare community in the war against the Coronavirus, bringing tech discoveries and the latest innovative solutions to combat the pandemic.

References:
1) Sijia Tian, Nan Hu, Jing Lou, Kun Chen, Xuqin Kang, Zhenjun Xiang, Hui Chen, Dali Wang, Ning Liu, Dong Liu, Gang Chen, Yongliang Zhang, Dou Li, Jianren Li, Huixin Lian, Shengmei Niu, Luxi Zhang, Jinjun Zhang. (2020). Characteristics of COVID-19 infection in Beijing. Journal of Infection, 80(4), 401-406. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jinf.2020.02.018
2) Park M., Cook A.R., Lim J.T., Sun Y., Dickens B.L. (2020). A Systematic Review of COVID-19 Epidemiology Based on Current Evidence. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 9(4), 967. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9040967
3) Centers of Disease Control and Prevention: COVID Data Tracker – Website https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#datatracker-home. Accessed 28 April 2021
4) Ardebili M.E., Naserbakht M., Bernstein C., Alazmani-Noodeh F., Hakimi H., Ranjbar H. (2021). Healthcare providers experience of working during the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative study. American Journal of Infection Control, 49(5), 547-554. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2020.10.001.