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More than 800 Ukrainian doctors took part in online training from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation


On 21 May 2020, jointly with the Ministry of Health and the Association of Anesthesiologists of Ukraine, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation held an online conference for doctors operating the ventilators. This was a three-hour webinar where the leading experts of the Ministry of Health told the doctors of public hospitals the world's best practices in the treatment of COVID-19 and some details when operating the latest models of ventilators.

"Every so often a doctor needs to update their knowledge about how to operate specific equipment, especially if they have little or rarely had a chance to work with it. Intensive care units usually do not often have patients who need artificial ventilation. Therefore, this training is extremely important for doctors of infectious hospitals in order to gain new knowledge. The course program includes questions that doctors are most concerned about. The first webinar did not cover many theoretical matters. The main goal was to communicate with doctors and answer the questions that they have when providing intensive care for patients with COVID-19," Serhii Dubrov, Professor of the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care of Bogomolets National Medical University, President of the Association of Anesthesiologists of Ukraine, said.

Serhii Oleksandrovych was one of the webinar speakers. Merited Doctor of Ukraine, Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases of the Bogomolets National Medical University, Professor Olha Holubovska, First Vice-Rector of Bogomolets National Medical University, Professor Yuriy Kuchyn, Anesthesiologist of the Department of X-ray Endovascular Surgery of the Alexander Clinical Hospital in Kyiv Andrii Vysotskyi also shared their experiences.

Before the webinar, experts had already received a hundred questions. Even more questions were asked during the online conference. A special chat was created for that purpose. The participating doctors were interested in everything: when to disconnect a patient with a coronavirus from a ventilator, what complications may occur, affected by COVID, how to rehabilitate a patient who has been connected to a ventilator for a long time. The most important questions were answered in real time.

The conference was attended by more than 800 doctors from all regions of Ukraine. However, the webinar will be practical for many more specialists to operate the latest models of ventilators and learn the most advanced methods of treating the virus.

"Why is online training so convenient? If you didn't have the opportunity to watch it during the actual course, you can always view this course at any other time, Serhii Dubrov said.

The online conference was a follow-up of the educational project of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for the doctors operating the ventilators. Earlier, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, the Association of Anesthesiologists and the Ministry of Digital Transformation, the Foundation launched an online series for doctors and patients "How do Ventilators Work?". It has been viewed more than 130,000 times and received positive reviews.

A recording of the first online medical training conference is available HERE. New webinars are up ahead. The next topics are already in the process of discussion.

"Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation has been working in close coordination with the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. This week, we signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Ministry of Health and the Association of Anesthesiologists. And the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation is making its contribution in the establishment of online training for the doctors who are the frontliners in the fight against the coronavirus. This measure is compulsory under the conditions of quarantine, but the Foundation wants to help the Ministry of Health to make this format effective and useful. Thousands of doctors in Ukrainian state hospitals are now getting acquainted with new equipment. For example, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation has purchased 200 ventilators for state support hospitals in different regions of Ukraine. Some of them have already been installed locally. Now the lives of patients with complications of COVID-19 depend on the ventilators. And health care workers in hospitals should quickly learn to operate the new devices. Our online conference will help them do this. In addition, jointly with the Ministry of Digital Transformation, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation filmed an educational series for doctors and patients "How do Ventilators Work?" You can watch the videos on the digital platforms of the Foundation," Natalia Yemchenko, member of the Supervisory Board of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, said.

The Foundation was one of the first in Ukraine to launch a distant medical course. This was in the autumn of 2013, when four tuberculosis dispensaries of Donetsk Oblast received telecommunications systems from the Foundation, which were delivered from with Donetsk Regional Clinical Tuberculosis Hospital.  

The Founder of the Foundation Rinat Akhmetov sent 300 million UAH to fight the coronavirus in Ukraine. Read more about the Foundations's assistance at.