Why is this topic important? Breathing problems can kill patients almost as quickly as airway problems and can thus be a common cause of death in patients with COVID-19.

For whom: This section will be relevant to all health care practitioners caring for patients with COVID-19 but may be of particular relevance to (in order):

  1. Physicians from acute care specialties covering intensive care during the pandemic;
  2. Non-critical care nurses covering intensive care during the pandemic;
  3. A refresher for anaesthesiologists, critical care physicians, and respiratory therapists.

Your potential role: Depending on jurisdiction and regulatory conditions, in extreme conditions, physicians from acute care specialties without advanced breathing skills maybe required to manage a patient who needs support for their breathing (ventilation). The non-critical care nurse may end up supporting this activity.


The following resources are meant to supplement your learning in practice- and/or simulation-based settings. NB: Some resources may be more/less pertinent based on your profession, scope of practice, and the model of care within your local context.

The CCEPP team has worked to have the content of this site informally peer-reviewed. However, it does not constitute official advice or guidance unless otherwise indicated. Please use your own discretion and judgement when applying information from this site to your practice.