Free Online Course by the World Health Organization

Recently I came across a post by the World Health Organization (WHO) about a free online training course for clinicians. Curious about the information provided, I created an account with WHO. Enrolling for the course was instantaneous and easy.

This course is made of three “modules” :
1. An overview of Infection Prevention and Control measures
2. An introduction to COVID-19
3. Review of precautions with COVID-19

There is no actual interactive module. Each section is linked to a PDF file (22, 9 and 63 pages). If you work for any large health organization or have had access to COVID-19 resources, you have already seen most of the information. This is not to take any points away. This is still a valuable resource as we continue to try to control the spread of this virus.

To access this course visit: https://openwho.org/courses/COVID-19-IPC-EN

Screenshot of the course description

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Future of RT?

Interesting study of barbers doing BP monitoring.
Reminds me of Community Paramedics stepping up to assist patients in Toronto.
Where do you see the future of community RT? Homecare companies doing home visits to do Spirometry and assess Puffer techniques?
Marijuana health and safety education part of driving license requirements?
https://www.jwatch.org/na48138/2018/12/17/black-barbershops-can-help-their-clientele-reduce-blood

Simon Sinek

If you are a preceptor, educator, team lead, manager or leader, you can greatly benefit from this video by Simon Sinek. He talks about empathy, perspective, and a better understanding of our current younger generation. Watch it to gain another perspective, or perhaps another tool for your leadership tool box. It will help you to guide your team to be the best they can be and in turn, they will better serve the values and interest of your company/organization.

Recognizing Exemplary Efforts

It is nice to be recognized but I didn’t realize it would be as rewarding to congratulate someone or to write someone a letter of appreciation/recognition!

As the chair of Diagnostic Imaging-Cardiorespiratory Services at work, I have the pleasure of recognizing members for their contributions.

Have you recently taken a step back and looked at your team? Take the time to know your team, and thank those who have made a great contribution.

Dr. Google

As healthcare professionals we have a duty to guide patients in making better decisions based on more current, accurate and proven knowledge.
First we need to be up to date with the latest guidelines and knowledge in our field.
Second, we need to create an open and comfortable space for your patients so they can be open about their thoughts and their choices.
Third, be aware of the latest trends and claims so you can educate your patients on false claims.

Networking

Tired but still showed up.
Didn’t know many people but still made the effort.
Growth and networking is not easy. Requires genuine attempt to listen to others.
But is exciting and rewarding.
Except no outcome but to learn and you get the most out of the interactions.
Make an effort. Meet people in other fields.

ASBESTOS

Canadian government is taking steps to limit the use of Asbestos. While this is not a complete ban, and some exceptions exists, it is still a step toward the right direction.

Occasionally at the PFT lab we have individuals who have been exposed to Asbestos, and we perform the testing to rule out interstitial lung disease.

CBC has a piece on this which you can check out at:https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-asbestos-cancer-regulations-1.4867684

RA

At the Pulmonary Function Testing lab we assess and monitor patients who have Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).
“Interstitial lung disease may be a manifestation of RA or may be a complication of RA therapies, such as methotrexate and leflunomide.” -Daniel Aletaha, MD and Josef S. Smolen, MD.
If you want to learn more about RA, check out:
Diagnosis and Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis-A Review. Oct 2 2018
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2705192?guestAccessKey=4054e5dc-45b4-4fd7-bec5-e6a9a4c14a87