Virtual Patients: Running Nose and Breathlessness fits

Concise description:

This lesson presents a practical case in occupational medicine, and is meant for medical students. It concerns the case of Mr. Bun who has a work history in a bakery. Since a few years he suffers from complaints like red, itching eyes, runny nose, sneezing and recently he also developed wheeze and a cough with breathlessness.
The lesson is fully interactive and consists of 31 slides. The cards contain descriptive texts, questions and feedback, and illustrative pictures and movies. Certain terms used are explained. During the lesson, the learner is guided through the processes of making a diagnosis, prescribing proper tests, interpreting test results, reporting, and formulating treatment and preventive measures. At the end, the last few cards contain some multiple choice questions about occupational allergies.

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Original Authors:
Reichert J., Radon K., Scharrer E., Nowak D.
Original affiliation, ownership:
Clinical centre of the University of Munich Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Munich, Germany
Year of publication:
Charge for use or free:
Free of charge
Biological Chemical Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) diseases Manufacturing Occupational and Work-Related Diseases Respiratory diseases Wholesale and Retail Trade
Target group(s):
  • graduate students
  • OSH experts; or in training
Usefulness for non-OSH-expert professionals:
Has to be studied
Time demand to complete the lesson or course:
1 hour

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