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Acute Covid teaching app, developed in partnership with CW+ is launched deployed to support NHS staff redeployed to care for COVID-19 patients.

The brief

The unique Acute COVID app is now widely available for download on iOS and Android devices, but was originally created as a learning tool for staff at the Trust’s two hospitals – Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital. The app was designed to increase staff confidence and provide an easily-accessible, one-stop information resource, during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The solution

The app includes video tutorials, training diagrams and schematics as well as written information and resource links, step-by step guides to defining stages of COVID-19 and was created for both doctors and nurses to provide staff with vital information on triage at A&E, hospital admission and in-hospital treatments.


The app is designed the app to ensure clear content flow, definition and treatment breakdowns and intuitive navigation and also features training on non-invasive ventilation, such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) which could then be delivered by staff who would not routinely use these techniques and which may reduce patient bed days and prevent the need for invasive mechanical ventilation.


Importantly, the app also includes links to staff mental and physical wellbeing support resources, acknowledging the toll that caring for COVID-19 patients can have on frontline staff, and supporting them to look after themselves and their colleagues.


"The goal was to develop a smartphone application that increased staff confidence in caring for COVID-19 patients, including setting up CPAP circuits, and provided an aid to troubleshooting problems that might arise, particularly when skilled staff may not be readily available to assist and thereby to improve patient safety.
Working with Imagineear, and supported by a generous grant from Pfizer, we are pleased to be able to make this innovative and educational resource freely available to help all NHS Trusts and healthcare providers.”

Dr Ryan Dhunnookchand

Respiratory Registrar & Medical Education Fellow, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


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