Red Cross and Body Interact Unite on Training for the COVID-19 Vaccination
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FRRHH organistional member, Body Interact have developed a free course in partnership with The Portuguese Red Cross to train healthcare professionals in the process of safely administering COVID-19 vaccinations. Find out more about this initiative in their latest blog.
Awakening healthcare professionals to the rigorous use of personal protective equipment and the importance of communication are the main objectives of Body Interact’s new free course.
All healthcare professionals involved in the COVID-19 vaccination process must have the appropriate knowledge and skills to safely and clearly ensure the administration of COVID-19 vaccines. The COVID-19 Vaccination Course developed by Body Interact - virtual patient simulator created by Take The Wind (TTW) - in partnership with the Portuguese Red Cross arises from the need to standardize practices during the different stages of the process.
For Leila Sales, coordinator of the Nursing Course of the School of Health of the Portuguese Red Cross, the course "will allow caregivers to value the essential communication aspects for proper data collection and clinical assessment", thus ensuring "safe decision-making". Also, learn how to act in situations of serious adverse reactions are "essential for professionals to feel safe and better prepared to intervene if this type of complications arises in the clinical context”.
In this course the user will have access to 4 modules, 3 of which are directed to different types of approved and in use vaccines, and a fourth scenario with the presentation of an allergic reaction to the vaccination. With its focus on communicating and implementing individual protection measures, the user is invited to assess the patient regarding the possible administration of the vaccine, review of exclusion methods, clarification of the possible adverse reactions and scheduling the administration of the second dose.
For the TTW’s CEO, Pedro Pinto, the partnership with the Red Cross contributed to the "integration of the valuable experience and clinical practice in different contexts of action of an organization of excellence as the Red Cross, with a training technology with virtual patients.
By providing the course for free to all professionals, TTW presents a new contribution to the achievement of this unique effort of mass vaccination. “Hoping to contribute to the greatest possible safety of citizens and professionals involved," concluded Pedro Pinto.
It was in March 2020 that the World Health Organization declared the disease COVID-19 as an official pandemic. In response to the suspension of internships and practical classes, the Body Interact launched 9 free virtual patients’ scenarios suspected of contracting the virus and developing the disease at different stages. By reaching over 90.000 users in 178 different countries, the Virtual Patient Simulator, in partnership with the Red Cross, presents a new training opportunity completely free of charge.
For TTW’s CEO, "now more than ever, we have to stand side by side with current and future healthcare professionals from the beginning of their training to their last day of service".
About Body Interact:
Body Interact is a virtual patient simulator developed for 19 different therapeutic areas with over 100,000 users worldwide. Through clinical scenarios with virtual patients, it helps current and future health professionals to develop their clinical reasoning and decision-making skills in a safe and interactive environment.
According to the impact study conducted in 11 educational institutions in September 2020, 92% of students stated that Body Interact enables them to bridge learning gaps in the teaching and individual learning process.
With clinical cases developed for Medicine, Nursing, Emergency Medical Services and High Schools, Body Interact presents itself as a state-of-the-art simulation-based teaching solution suitable for in-person and distance learning settings.
About Take The Wind:
Take The Wind S.A. is a Portuguese company, based in Coimbra, worldwide leader in technology for clinical education, training and recruitment with the mission of empowering current and future health professionals in order to reduce the impact of clinical errors, every day, all over the world.
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