COVID-19 Prep: USC Trains Surgical Residents in ICU Nursing Skills

LAist (03/22/20) Paskin, Julia

The University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine is educating surgical residents to step in as intensive care unit (ICU) nurses amid mounting cases of COVID-19 infection. The school recently trained more than 50 surgical residents in critical nursing skills for intensive care. Kenji Inaba, MD, director of Keck's surgical residency program, said residents already have surgical training but were not prepared to assume the role of critical care nurses. "None of them, when we tapped into them to find out, could hang an IV bag or adjust a ventilator," he explained. "So our ICU director put together a curriculum — IV medications, intravenous access, how to hang these lines, how to get the vents going."

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