Open-source COVID-19 PPE training in your native language – long-awaited help to fellow frontline healthcare workers

We are sharing an open-source COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) training video.  With a few simple steps, it is possible to convert it to your native language to help fellow frontline physicians and nurses all over the world!  

COVID-19 is emerging globally and has already taken so many lives. The appropriate use of PPE is the main tool to stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2 among healthcare professionals.

Unfortunately, it is not safe and due to the limited resources not possible to perform PPE training on-site. Therefore, Exonicus Trauma Simulator in collaboration with Rigas Stradins University and healthcare professionals created a COVID-19 PPE training video based on World Health Organization and European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) guidelines. 

The instruction video has been approved by The Center for Disease Prevention and Control in Latvia and converted to English with a goal to help frontline healthcare workers, like yourself, during COVID-19 pandemics and in the future!

After looking through evidence approving simulation and virtual reality (VR) based education as an effective tool in healthcare, we are already working on a VR game to help with the PPE training, evaluation of the contamination, and optimal management of COVID-19 patients! 1–7

You can join us whether as a healthcare professional or scientific collaborator! We are looking forward to bringing the solution to institutions and our colleagues!

Source for video https://drive.google.com/open?id=1qK5IGEM9xiCb8EKNeFLf3b1bM1WA_K2j

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