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Course content

This is an online course about long-term mechanical ventilation (LTMV) and how to use it. You will meet users of long-term mechanical ventilation and learn how they live good quality lives.

Course certificate

To obtain a certificate, you must review all pages of the three modules and pass a course test upon completion. Get me started!

Target group

The course is targeted at users, assistants, families and health personnel working within the municipal and specialist health services, who have little experience with breathing machine users.

Academic content

The academic content is divided into three modules and is built up of text, images, video clips, animation and links. User experiences are the common thread throughout the course.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, participants will have improved their competence about the following:

  • How to live a good life with long-term mechanical ventilation.
  • How to best take care of and accommodate the wants and needs of users.
  • How breathing machines work, which observations to make and action to take.
  • How to create trust and confidence during interaction between helpers and users.
  • Which action to take in an emergency.

Literature

Most of the literature used for the course has been taken from the National Professional Guidelines and Guide on Long-Term Mechanical Ventilation developed by the Norwegian Directorate of Health. In addition, the academic content has been developed based on the knowledge and experiences of experts and users (project group).

Partners

  • National Competence Treatment Prevalence for Home Mechanical Ventilation (NKH), Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen.
  • The National Neuromuscular Competence Centre (NMK), University Hospital of North Norway Trust (UNN), Tromsø.
  • Department of ICT and eHealth (formerly the National Centre for Interaction and Telemedicine), University Hospital of North Norway Trust (UNN), Tromsø.
  • User representatives from the Norwegian Muscle Disease Association (FFM).

Project group

  • Ove Fondenes, Centre Manager/Consultant, National Competence Treatment Prevalence for Home Mechanical Ventilation (NKH), Western Norway Regional Health Authority
  • Sigurd Aarrestad, Consultant, Coordinator, National Competence Treatment Prevalence for Home Mechanical Ventilation (NKH), Southern and Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority
  • Brit Hove, Specialist Physiotherapist, Project Co-worker, National Competence Treatment Prevalence for Home Mechanical Ventilation (NKH), Southern and Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority
  • Sølvi Margrethe Flaten, Specialist Nurse, National Competence Treatment Prevalence for Home Mechanical Ventilation (NKH), Western Norway Regional Health Authority
  • Gunvor Mo Norstein, Specialist Nurse, National Competence Treatment Prevalence for Home Mechanical Ventilation (NKH), Western Norway Regional Health Authority
  • Odd Frode Aasen, Project Co-worker, National Competence Treatment Prevalence for Home Mechanical Ventilation (NKH), Central Norway Regional Health Authority (participated for a period of three months).
  • Jørgen Schille, user representative, Norwegian Muscle Disease Association (FFM), Western Norway Regional Health Authority
  • Irene Lund, Centre Manager, National Competence Treatment Prevalence for Home Mechanical Ventilation (NKH), Northern Norway Regional Health Authority
  • Zoltan Tot, Course Developer, Department of ICT and eHealth, Northern Norway Regional Health Authority
  • Rigmore Furu, Chief Adviser, Department of ICT, eHealth and eLearning (formerly the National Centre for Interaction and Telemedicine), Northern Norway Regional Health Authority
  • Eva Braaten, Senior Adviser, Department of ICT and eHealth, Northern Norway Regional Health Authority
  • Johan S. Steinberg, Specialist Consultant, Interaction Designer, Department of ICT and eHealth, Northern Norway Regional Health Authority

Reference group

  • May-Iren Bendiksen, Northern Norway Regional Health Authority
  • Bård Forsdahl, Northern Norway Regional Health Authority
  • Viktor Haugom, Southern and Eastern Regional Health Authority
  • Sissel Hotvedt, Northern Norway Regional Health Authority
  • Anne Louise Kleiven, Southern and Eastern Regional Health Authority
  • Nanna Mjellem, Western Norway Regional Health Authority
  • Magnus Qvarfort, Southern and Eastern Regional Health Authority
  • Monica Linea Vold, Northern Norway Regional Health Authority
  • Grete Linn Haldorsen, user representative, Uloba, Western Norway Regional Health Authority

Steering group

  • Ove Fondenes, National Competence Treatment Prevalence for Home Mechanical Ventilation (NKH), Western Norway Regional Health Authority
  • Sture Pettersen, Course Developer, Department of ICT and eHealth, Northern Norway Regional Health Authority
  • Christoph Wahl, National Neuromuscular Competence Centre (NMK), Northern Norway Regional Health Authority
  • Laila Bakke, user representative, Norwegian Muscle Disease Association (FFM), Central Norway Regional Health Authority

Course financing

The course was developed through the ‘Jeg puster - altså er jeg’ (I breathe, therefore I exist) project, which was about training in connection with long-term mechanical ventilation. The project was carried out from 2013-2014 and it was financed by five entities:

  1. The Norwegian Directorate of Health
  2. Northern Norway Regional Health Authority
  3. The Neuromuscular Disease Research Fund, Norwegian Muscle Disease Association (FFM)
  4. The legacy of Erik Allum, Norwegian Muscle Disease Association (FFM)
  5. National Competence Treatment Prevalence for Home Mechanical Ventilation (NKH), Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen

National Competence Treatment Prevalence for Home Ventilation Treatment (Bergen Hospital Trust) and the National Neuromuscular Competence Centre (Northern Norway Regional Health Authority) have financed the revision and English version.