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Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 Research Guide: Clinical, Laboratory, and Infection Control Resources
Library resources, news, and other trusted resources for health care providers and public health professionals about COVID-19.
Janssen DJA, Ekström M, Currow DC, Johnson MJ, Maddocks M, Simonds AK, Tonia T, Marsaa K. COVID-19: guidance on palliative care from a European Respiratory Society international task force. Eur Respir J. 2020 Sep 3;56(3):2002583. doi: 10.1183/13993003.02583-2020. PMID: 32675211
ECRI is the new guidelines.gov - the latest information and life-saving resources available to help hospitals, ambulatory care, and aging care facilities protect healthcare workers, residents, and patients.
Covers potential emergency use, off-label and/or experimental use of medications and immunosuppression management for transplant patients as well as a suggested laboratory
work up. It does NOT cover recommendations for infection control, personal protective equipment
(PPE), management of hypoxemia or other complications in patients with COVID-19. This is a living document that will be updated in real time as more data emerge.
PHEPREN is a global community of bioethicists building on pre-existing expertise and resources to provide real-time, trusted, contextual support to communities, policy makers, researchers, and responders in relation to the ethical issues arising out of global health emergencies, with a current focus on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hulsbergen AFC, Eijkholt MM, Balak N, et al. Ethical triage during the COVID-19 pandemic: a toolkit for neurosurgical resource allocation [published online ahead of print, 2020 May 14]. Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2020;1‐6. doi:10.1007/s00701-020-04375-w
This overview is presented on behalf of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies and can be used as a toolkit for neurosurgeons faced with ethical dilemmas when triaging patients in times of scarcity.
Authors assign points for likelihood of surviving to hospital discharge and points for likelihood of long-term survival (based on underlying life expectancy). Age itself is a “tie-breaker,” favoring younger patients when point scores for two patients are equal.
The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has provided guidance that helps explain civil rights laws as well as how the HIPAA Privacy Rule allows patient information to be shared in the outbreak of infectious disease and to assist patients in receiving the care they need.
Bledsoe TA et al. Universal do-not-resuscitate orders, social worth, and life-years: Opposing discriminatory approaches to the allocation of resources during the COVID-19 pandemic and other health system catastrophes. Ann Intern Med 2020 Apr 24; [e-pub]. (https://doi.org/10.7326/M20-1862)
Pourmand A, Ghassemi M, Sumon K, Amini SB, Hood C, Sikka N. Lack of Telemedicine Training in Academic Medicine: Are We Preparing the Next Generation? [published online ahead of print, 2020 Apr 15]. Telemed J E Health. 2020;10.1089/tmj.2019.0287. doi:10.1089/tmj.2019.0287
Puro NA, Feyereisen S. Telehealth Availability in US Hospitals in the Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Rural Health. 2020 Jun 30:10.1111/jrh.12482. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12482. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32603017; PMCID: PMC7362065.
Bastos ML, Perlman-Arrow S, Menzies D, Campbell JR. The Sensitivity and Costs of Testing for SARS-CoV-2 Infection With Saliva Versus Nasopharyngeal Swabs : A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Ann Intern Med. 2021 Jan 12. doi: 10.7326/M20-6569. PMID: 33428446.
Verbeek JH, Rajamaki B, Ijaz S, Sauni R, Toomey E, Blackwood B, Tikka C, Ruotsalainen JH, Kilinc Balci FS. Personal protective equipment for preventing highly infectious diseases due to exposure to contaminated body fluids in healthcare staff. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2020, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD011621. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011621.pub5.
We found low‐ to very low‐certainty evidence that covering more parts of the body leads to better protection but usually comes at the cost of more difficult donning or doffing and less user comfort. More breathable types of PPE may lead to similar contamination but may have greater user satisfaction. .. a one‐step glove and gown removal, double‐gloving, spoken instructions during doffing, and using glove disinfection may reduce contamination and increase compliance.
On April 9, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended health care personnel and facilities transition away from crisis capacity conservation strategies, such as decontaminating or bioburden reducing disposable respirators for reuse.
The app estimates how many days a PPE supply will last given current inventory levels and PPE burn rate. It allows entry by # of individual units or boxes of supply, can calculate for a wide variety of specific PPE (such as small N95s), and varying number of patients.