Wednesday April 1, 2020 0 comments
BOULDER -- Amplifire released its Infection Prevention and Control and COVID-19 Essentials – Rapid Refresher course designed for frontline caregivers who are fighting to minimize the spread of the outbreak by not acquiring the SARS-CoV-2 virus themselves or transmitting it to others.
In contrast to many other training resources that have recently surfaced, this course focuses on known areas of misunderstanding regarding use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), while also directly addressing the consequences of PPE shortages, the company said.
Built with leading infection control and safety experts from ECRI and academic institutions, Amplifire said the course is meant to arm caregivers for the ongoing battle by addressing measures that caregivers sometimes forget. For example, a 2018 study on infectious agent transmission in hospitals found 238 failures in 325 observations related to PPE.
Importantly, the course acknowledges that PPE supplies are dwindling and highlights effective equipment workarounds that are being broadly disseminated. Guidelines for PPE use will be frequently reviewed and adjusted, with course refreshers delivered to all caregivers.
"Knowledge gaps occur every day in healthcare settings,” said Bob Burgin, Amplifire CEO.
“They will be starkly revealed during this crisis. We cannot take on a pandemic effectively if our frontline healthcare workers are unknowingly part of the spreading mechanism, or not able to come to work because they are sick."
"Passing out informational flyers and PowerPoint decks, or reminding caregivers about proper PPE usage will not suffice,” said Dr. Brent James, chair of Amplifire's Clinical Innovation Advisory Board and a recognized expert in healthcare quality and safety.
“There is not enough time for classroom training or lectures. Even if there was, we know that such training approaches are not effective. We must turn to the most advanced knowledge transfer tools being used by leading health systems for critical training in infection-oriented areas such as Sepsis, C-diff, and CLABSI.
“With such tools we can rapidly validate that a frontline caregiver understands the most effective infection control practices and the most effective PPE workarounds as supplies run low during this emergency."
"By rapidly refreshing and validating vital knowledge about infection, healthcare providers and frontline staff will have greater confidence and competence at this unprecedented time,” said Dr. Brigitta Mueller, executive director of Patient Safety, Risk, and Quality at ECRI, a collaborator who helped design the course.
Amplifire is offering Infection Prevention and Control and COVID-19 Essentials at no cost to its Healthcare Alliance Members now using either the "Safety and Quality Essentials" or the "Compliance" libraries.
Other healthcare systems can learn more about accessing the course here. It can be deployed directly to any size workforce through a link in an email or by using an organization's learning management system.