South African Thoracic Society

EducAir Online Educational Series

The South African Thoracic Society in collaboration with GSK South Africa is proud to present the EducAir online educational series. This is part of SATS and GSK South Africa’s ongoing efforts to improve the management of patients living with obstructive airways disease in South Africa.

The modules are available on demand, each of the modules is CPD accredited meaning you can complete one module and receive CPD points, all you need to do is register. Each module has playback and repeat functions, a closed captions option, and extended narration to enhance your learning experience. On completion, you will also be able to share feedback on the module and we are looking forward to hearing from you on this.

The content includes materials useful for all levels of clinical practice for registered doctors and shares valuable learnings in the management of COPD patients. Certain medications and medical devices referred to in these training modules are not registered in South Africa, but are registered with the FDA and/or EMA with COPD patient management indications. These are included for educational purposes relevant to current guidelines on COPD treatment. The inclusion of medications and medication delivery devices does not imply the future registration of it in South Africa.

It is known in South Africa that patients living with COPD are underdiagnosed and undertreated and we hope that EducAir will contribute to improving on this for patients. So, please click on the modules below to engage with the content, share feedback and continue improving the lives of our patients.

EducAir Learning Modules

The South African Thoracic Society in collaboration with GSK South Africa is proud to present the EducAir online educational series. This is part of SATS and GSK South Africa’s ongoing efforts to improve the management of patients living with obstructive airways disease in South Africa.

Please remember to update your profile under “My Account” with your MP number. This is important so your MP numbers will show on your CPD certificate.

The Basics of COPD

We review the basics of COPD including it’s definition, diagnostic criteria, prevalence and burden, assessment and management and a focus on acute exacerbations of COPD. These modules set important context for management of patients living with COPD and serve as a refresher on current thinking in COPD clinical practise.

FREE

The Basics of COPD: What is COPD?

EARN 3 CPD POINTS

We revisit current thinking about the basics of COPD with up to date references. Module 1 entitled "What is COPD?" shares the current definition, aetiology, risk factors, common comorbidities, pathophysiology and how to support patient management adherence.

FREE

The Basics of COPD: Acute Exacerbations of COPD

EARN 3 CPD POINTS

Acute exacerbations of COPD, or 'Lung Attacks", are critical clinical events for COPD patients. We review its definition, classification, management at primary care, management in hospital including high care and ICU.

FREE

The Basics of COPD: Optimisation of COPD treatment

EARN 1 CPD POINT

We present case studies to assist you with applying your learning to clinical case studies.