COVID-19


The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation. Health Libraries around the world are working collaboratively with the intent to share knowledge and respond to the needs of health professionals. To this end, we have compiled these resources to support your preparation for high risk and or sero-positive COVID-19 patients.

Resources on this page

Clinical Resources Knowledge Hubs Wellbeing

Evidence Summary

National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce

BMJ Best Practice - COVID-19: symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine - Oxford COVID-19 Evidence Service

Cochrane Library - Coronavirus (COVID-19): evidence relevant to critical care

Cochrane Library - Coronavirus (COVID-19): infection control and prevention measures

DynaMed COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

UpToDate - Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)


Clinical Resources

In this section:

Airway management Australian Government links Delirium
Equipment ICU and Emergency medicine Infection control and PPE
Operating theatre management Paediatrics and Inflammatory Syndrome Pain medicine
Palliative care Pregnancy

Airway management

World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA): Coronavirus - guidance for anaesthesia and perioperative care providers

Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA): Anaesthesia and caring for patients during the COVID-19 outbreak. (Draft 1.0) The ASA has developed the following guidelines based on current evidence and may be subject to change as more information becomes available. They are intended for anaesthetists in Australia. For the latest version, please visit: ASA COVID-19 Updates

NSW Health Airway Management: Respiratory Precautions (Including COVID-19) Infographic. INTUBATION and AIRWAY MANAGEMENT are "aerosol-generating" procedures, with a higher risk of respiratory pathogen transmission.

Principles of Airway Management in Coronaviris/COVID-19 for Suspected/Reportable or Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 Disclaimer: This infographic is used for informational purposes only, and is not intended to replace institutional policy. Please refer to your own institutional guidelines for appropriate recommendations.© Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Prince of Wales, Hong Kong. All rights reserved.

Consensus statement: Safe Airway Society principles of airway management and tracheal intubation specific to the COVID-19 adult patient group. [first online, 2020 Mar 16, updated May 5]. Med J Aust. 2020. doi: 10.5694/mja2.50598

Safe Airway Society: SAS COVID-19 Resources

Papazian, L., Aubron, C., Brochard, L., Chiche, J. D., Combes, A., Dreyfuss, D., Forel, J. M., Guérin, C., Jaber, S., Mekontso-Dessap, A., Mercat, A., Richard, J. C., Roux, D., Vieillard-Baron, A., & Faure, H. (2019). Formal guidelines: management of acute respiratory distress syndrome. Annals of intensive care, 9(1), 69. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13613-019-0540-9

UpToDate (2020). Prone ventilation for adults patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome.

World Health Organization. (2020).Clinical management of severe acute respiratory infection when novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection is suspected.

Caputo, N.D., Strayer, R.J. and Levitan, R. (2020), Early Self‐Proning in Awake, Non‐intubated Patients in the Emergency Department: A Single ED’s Experience during the COVID‐19 Pandemic. Acad Emerg Med. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/acem.13994

Australian Government links

VIC Dept of Health & Human Services Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Australian Dept of Health The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic. Find out how we are monitoring and responding to the outbreak, how you can help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia, and what to do if you have symptoms. We also report the latest official medical advice and case numbers.

Australian Dept of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources for health professionals, including aged care providers, pathology providers and healthcare managers

ACT Govt Health Latest information about novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the ACT

NSW Health COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

NT Dept of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

QLD Health Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

SA Health Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

TAS Health The Department of Health is preparing for further cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Tasmania, and healthcare workers are on high alert for potential cases.

WA Health Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Delirium

British Geriatrics SocietyCoronavirus: Managing delirium in confirmed and suspected cases

NICE GuidelineManaging anxiety, delirium and agitation

Equipment

TGA Information for clinicians on ventilators and alternative strategies when in short supply during COVID-19

APSF/ASA Guidance on Purposing Anesthesia Machines as ICU Ventilator. These documents are intended to provide guidance on using anesthesia ventilators safely and effectively as ICU ventilators.

ICU and Emergency Medicine

ACEM Australasian College of Emergency Medicine COVID19 page.

Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society COVID-19 Guidelines (Verson 1)

ANZICS: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society resources for Critical Care Professionals (COVID-19).

Safe Airway Society: SAS COVID-19 Resources

Consensus statement: Safe Airway Society principles of airway management and tracheal intubation specific to the COVID-19 adult patient group. [published online ahead of print, 2020 Mar 16]. Med J Aust. 2020.

Sun, Q., Qiu, H., Huang, M. et al. (2020). Lower mortality of COVID-19 by early recognition and intervention: experience from Jiangsu Province. Annals of Intensive Care, 10(33). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13613-020-00650-2

Xie, J., Tong, Z., Guan, X. et al. (2020). Critical care crisis and some recommendations during the COVID-19 epidemic in China. Intensive Care Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00134-020-05979-7

NICE Guideline: COVID-19 rapid guideline: critical care in adults

Infection control and PPE

ANZCA statement on personal protection equipment during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic (9 April 2020)

Contact droplet and aerosol infection-control - Novel Coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV) – Hospital setting (NSW Health) This information sheet provides interim Infection Prevention and Control guidance when novel coronavirus (nCoV) is suspected/confirmed in a patient in a hospital or similar health care setting.

P2/N95 fit checking Guidance from Queensland Health.

PPE for combined contact and droplet precautions (Clinical Excellence Commission)

PPE for combined contact, droplet and airborne precautions (Clinical Excellence Commission)

Safe sequence for donning and doffing (Clinical Excellence Commission)


Safe Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Safe Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (Australian Dept of Health) This page provides downloadable versions of the DVD "Pandemic Infuenza Preparedness, Safe Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)". It provides detailed instruction for the appropriate use and selection of PPE.

Livingston E, Desai A, Berkwits M. Sourcing Personal Protective Equipment During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA. Published online March 28, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.5317 Provides summary of recommendations for PPE conservation and management.

Personal Protective Equipment Demonstration Videos (Tas Dept of Health)

Stanford Medicine. COVID-19 Evidence Service| Addressing COVID-19 Face Mask Shortages [v1.2]

COVID-19 infection control training Australian Government, Dept of Health. This 30-minute online training module is for health care workers in all settings. It covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19.

PubMed Live search Personal & protective equipment

PubMed live search Resuing PPE

PubMed live searchInfection prevention

PubMed live searchContainment

Operating theatre management

Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA): Anaesthesia and caring for patients during the COVID-19 outbreak. (Draft 1.0) The ASA has developed the following guidelines based on current evidence and may be subject to change as more information becomes available. They are intended for anaesthetists in Australia. For the latest version, please visit: ASA COVID-19 Updates

Ti LK, Ang LS, Foong TW, Ng BSW. What we do when a COVID-19 patient needs an operation: operating room preparation and guidance [published online ahead of print, 2020 Mar 6]. Can J Anaesth. 2020;10.1007/s12630-020-01617-4.

COVID Induction in the operating theatres at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth Demonstration


Endoscopy Guidelines and recommendation for endoscopy during covid crisis:

Gastroenterological Society of Australia. GESA updated advice on preventative measures during gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopic procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic - updated 11 May 2020

Gastroenterological Society of Australia. GESA and GENCA recommendations for endoscope reprocessing during the COVID-19 pandemic - issued 1 May 2020

Chiu PWY, Ng SC, Inoue H, et al. Practice of endoscopy during COVID-19 pandemic: position statements of the Asian Pacific Society for Digestive Endoscopy (APSDE-COVID statements). Gut Published Online First: 02 April 2020. doi: 10.1136/gutjnl-2020-321185

Lui, R. N., Wong, S. H., Sánchez-Luna, S. A., Pellino, G., Bollipo, S., Wong, M. Y., Chiu, P. W., & Sung, J. J. (2020). Overview of guidance for endoscopy during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Journal of gastroenterology and hepatology, 10.1111/jgh.15053. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgh.15053

Repici, A., Maselli, R., Colombo, M., Gabbiadini, R., Spadaccini, M., Anderloni, A., Carrara, S., Fugazza, A., Di Leo, M., Galtieri, P. A., Pellegatta, G., Ferrara, E. C., Azzolini, E., & Lagioia, M. (2020). Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: what the department of endoscopy should know. Gastrointestinal endoscopy, . Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gie.2020.03.019

Tse, F., Borgaonkar, M., & Leontiadis, G.I. (2020). COVID-19: Advice from the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology for Endoscopy Facilities, as of March 16, 2020, Journal of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, , gwaa012,https://doi.org/10.1093/jcag/gwaa012

Zhang, Y., Zhang, X., Liu, L., Wang, H., & Zhao, Q. (2020). Suggestions for infection prevention and control in digestive endoscopy during current 2019-nCoV pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. Endoscopy, 52(4), 312–314.https://doi.org/10.1055/a-1128-4313

Paediatrics and Inflammatory Syndrome

RCPCH (1 May 2020) Guidance - Paediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome temporally associated with COVID-19 https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/guidance-paediatric-multisystem-inflammatory-syndrome-temporally-associated-covid-19

RACGP News (12 May 2020) ‘Important’ link between paediatric inflammatory syndromes and COVID-19.

Foley, D.A. et al. (4 May 2020). COVID‐19 and paediatric health services: A survey of paediatric physicians in Australia and New Zealand. J Paediatr Child Health. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jpc.14903

Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne. Coronavirus Covid-19 Guidelines https://www.rch.org.au/clinicalguide/guideline_index/COVID-19/

Parri, Niccolo. (1 May 2020). Children with Covid-19 in Pediatric Emergency Departments in Italy. NEJM. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2007617

Articles from the Lancet:

Pain, Clare E. (15 May 2020). Novel paediatric presentation of COVID-19 with ARDS and cytokine storm syndrome without respiratory symptoms https://doi.org/10.1016/S2665-9913(20)30137-5

Riphagen, Shelley et al. (7 May 2020). Hyperinflammatory shock in children during COVID-19 pandemic https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31094-1

Verdoni, Lucio et al.(13 May 2020). An outbreak of severe Kawasaki-like disease at the Italian epicentre of the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic: an observational cohort studyhttps://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31103-X

Viner, Russell M et al. Kawasaki-like disease: emerging complication during the COVID-19 pandemic. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31129-6

Pain Medicine

Eccleston C, Blyth FM, Dear BF, Fisher EA, Keefe FJ, Lynch ME, et al. Managing patients with chronic pain during the Covid-19 outbreak: considerations for the rapid introduction of remotely supported (e-health) pain management services. PAIN. 9000;Pre-print

Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists: COVID-19: FPM response to concerns over safety of injected steroids for pain procedures The Faculty has released a statement in response to queries from members as to the safety of use of injected steroids for pain procedures during the current COVID-19 virus pandemic.

Palliative care and COVID-19

Palliative Care Australia - COVID-19 Updates

ANZSPM Guidance - palliative care in the COVID-19 context

Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland. (22 March 2020). COVID-19 and Palliative, End of Life and Bereavement Care in Secondary Care: Role of the speciality and guidance to aid care

Cairnes, W. & Agar, M. (23 March 2020) Integrating palliative care into COVID-19 planning. MJA InSight+ https://insightplus.mja.com.au/2020/11/integrating-palliative-care-into-covid-19-planning/

Valenti, D. (22 March 2020). From the front line: Palliative care in Bologna during COVID-19 crisis. European Association for Palliative Care.

Worldwide hospice and palliative care alliance - COVID-19 Resources.

The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) has compiled this list of resources relevant to palliative care and COVID-19 published by academia, civil society organizations, member states and special agencies of the United Nations, with links to all of the websites and documents listed

Pregnancy and COVID-19

The Royal Women's Hospital: Advice for breastfeeding and pregnant women on COVID-19

RANZCOG: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice and Information.

RANZCOG: COVID-19 Protection of midwives and doctors in the birth unit.

Xia H, Zhao S, Wu Z, Luo H, Zhou C, Chen X. Emergency Caesarean delivery in a patient with confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 under spinal anaesthesia [published ahead of print, 2020 Mar 17]. Br J Anaesth. 2020; 10.1016/j.bja.2020.02.016

Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP): Interim Considerations for Obstetric Anesthesia Care Related to COVID-19 This is interim guidance based on expert opinion and published recommendations from the WHO and CDC.

Obstetric Anesthesia Association (OAAO): Statement regarding COVID-19 Obstetric Anaesthetists Association Management of pregnant women with known or suspected COVID-19.

RCOG: Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and pregnancy Guidance for healthcare professionals on coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in pregnancy, published by the RCOG, Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland.

Zeng H, Xu C, Fan J, et al. Antibodies in Infants Born to Mothers With COVID-19 Pneumonia. JAMA. Published online March 26, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.4861

PubMed live search Pregnancy



Knowledge hubs

CSIRO COVID-19 Research Data Collated a list of research and data resources by the CSIRO library. Resource list covers data sources in Australia and worldwide, protein data, genomic data, dashboards and visualisations, software, websites, open research datasets and more.

Be kept up to date with information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) We have up to date search filters available for you to use to research the latest literature PubmedWHOCochrane LibraryGoogle ScholarUpToDate.

The following journals also have dedicated pages: NEJM, JAMA, Lancet, Cell, BMJ

  

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Live Maps

Worldometer COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

John Hopkins: Coronavirus COVID-19 global cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) John Hopkins

Coronavrius COVID-19 in Victoria LGA heatmap

Monitoring and situation reports

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia - Data is based on media reports and verified with updates from state and federal health departments.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) weekly epidemiology reports, Australia, 2020 This page contains links to weekly epidemiological reports, published in CDI, on the incidence, severity, and distribution of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) [previously known as novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)] within Australia.

EPPI-Centre: COVID-19: a living systematic map of the evidence. In response to the current crisis, we are maintaining an up-to-date map of the current evidence that we partition into broad domains for easy exploration.

Infection Trajectory: See Which Countries are Flattening Their COVID-19 Curve. This chart updates daily with new data.

IBM Global COVID-199 Statistics Dashboard

CoVid-19 Updates - AUS


Wellbeing

Beyond blue

Black Dog Institute Coronavirus: Resources for anxiety, stress & wellbeing

Australian Psychological Society Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for Australians. The Australian Psychological Society has prepared a guide for Australians, outlining some useful strategies which can help both adults and children cope with the stress or anxiety experienced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

'FACE COVID' - How to respond effectively to the Corona crisis by Dr Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap

Flattening the curve : supporting medical professionals to manage stress throughout the COVID-19 crisisDr. Eleanor De Ath-Miller, Austin Health

10 Quick Mindfulness Exercises for Coping with COVID-19 Stress and Anxiety, Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Staying well when social distancing Royal College of Occupational Therapists. Includes section on guidance for parents who are socially distancing with children.

Pandemic Kindness Movement The Pandemic Kindness Movement was created by clinicians across Australia, working to support all health workers during the COVID19 pandemic. The website includes respected, evidence-information resources and links to valuable services to support the wellbeing of the health workforce. The aim of the Pandemic Kindness Movement is to provide health workers with easy access to curated resources to enable them to access the support they need. You can explore the pyramid by selecting the different needs: basic needs, safety, love and belonging, esteem, contribution and leadership actions.

Practice Self-Care In the midst of a stressful season or situation, many self-care practices are the same ones that prove helpful in everyday living:

  • Maintain your normal routines.
  • Connect with family and friends.
  • Eat well and stay active.
  • Get adequate rest.
  • Do enjoyable activities; and
  • Employ coping skills that nurture your spirit, like mindfulness exercises or prayer.
  • Psychology Today

Coronavirus: 8 ways to look after your mental health

  1. Ensure accurate information from legitimate sources
  2. Set limits around news on COVID-19
  3. Look after yourself (things you can control, routine, your basic needs, prioritise wellbeing)
  4. Reach out to others & support those around you
  5. Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking (this will pass, there is always help available)
  6. Acknowledge your feelings
  7. Take time to talk with your children (and non-medical family/friends) about the outbreak
  8. Ask for professional support if needed.

Coronavirus: 5 ways to manage your news consumption in times of crisis

  1. Switch off (check news 2-3 times per day not constantly)
  2. Dive deep (constructive articles)
  3. Connect but avoid dubious and unfiltered information (use social media wisely for connection and good sources)
  4. Interrogate sources of information
  5. Be mindful and use the crisis to build your media literacy.

Feeling Isolated? Here are some live streams to connect you.

Physical Activity Support

COVID-19 coronavirus: how to exercise at home

Body Coach live streams a workout every day during the lockdown including PE with Joe and Home Workouts for Seniors.

Spiritual Support

Gateway Church live streaming services

Extreme Life Church live streaming services

St Joseph's Catholic Church live streaming services

Kid Friendly Resources

How to talk to your children about coronavirus (COVID-19): Eight tips to help comfort and protect children.

  1. Ask open questions and listen
  2. Be honest: explain the truth in a child-friendly way
  3. Show them how to protect themselves and their friends
  4. Offer reassurance
  5. Check if they are experiencing or spreading stigma
  6. Look for the helpers
  7. Look after yourself
  8. Close conversations with care.

Supporting children during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Manuela Molina - COVIBOOK "I have created this short book to support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation."

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