Teddie Tanguay, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton, AB

As healthcare professionals, COVID-19 is a new and emerging virus that we continue to learn more about each and every day. While guidelines for the care of COVID-19 patients are continually being updated to reflect the latest evidence, it is important that staff working with these patients are aware of signs and symptoms that can indicate impending trouble. This presentation identifies the evolving but most recent information about COVID-19. Signs and symptoms of a deteriorating COVID-19 patient will be described, including the most recent evidence to support oxygenation and ventilation of hospitalized patients. The risks and benefits of awake-proning of hypoxic COVID-19 patients will also be discussed, including how to assist staff in safely implementing awake-proning in the wards and units.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the clinical presentation of COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization;
  • Identify signs and symptoms of deterioration that require immediate intervention; and
  • Explain current best-practice strategies to optimize oxygenation and ventilation in COVID-19 patients, including awake-proning.

CanMEDs Competencies addressed:
Collaborator, Communicator, Leader, Professional