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NSW Health established clinical communities of practice to support the NSW Health response to COVID-19.

The ACI is leading 12 of these communities, bringing our networks of clinicians together with representatives from local health districts and specialty health networks in NSW. The ACI has produced the following information to support clinical practices during COVID-19.

ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) during COVID-19

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is an advanced form of life support – targeted at the heart and lungs. This document provides the framework to support the provision of ECMO during an escalating pandemic, aimed at informing local policies and procedures.

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Paediatric patients requiring ICU during COVID-19

Recommendations for the management of paediatric patients requiring intensive care.

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NSW adult intensive care services pandemic response planning

This document provides guidance to NSW local health districts for the delivery of adult intensive care services during a respiratory pandemic.

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Adult intensive care workforce report in COVID-19 pandemic

This report provides recommendations to support adult intensive care surge demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be revised as the situation evolves.

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Adult basic life support (BLS) guidance - Suspected or confirmed COVID-19 ONLY

This document provides guidance on basic life support for adults with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

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Renal replacement therapy in the ICU during COVID-19 pandemic

This document provides the framework to support the provision of renal replacement therapy during an escalating pandemic. It should be used to inform local policies and procedures.

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NSW critical care management of neonatal patients

This document provides guidance to managers and clinicians for the critical care management of neonates and babies requiring neonatal care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Intrahospital transfer of COVID positive and suspected COVID positive patients from the emergency department

This document provides the framework to optimise the safety of patients, staff and bystanders when transferring patients from the emergency department (ED) to the intensive care unit (ICU) or hospital wards, during the COVID-19 pandemic. It should be used to inform local policies and procedures.

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Adult ICU and Paediatric ICU Community of Practice | Intensive Care NSW Network

COVID-19 and Delirium

Delirium can be a feature of COVID-19. Delirium is a common and serious medical problem that is characterised by changes in mental and physical function.

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Talking to relatives

A guide to communicating compassionately to relatives during COVID-19 for clinicians working in aged care.

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Caring for the wandering person during COVID-19

This document outlines the principles for caring for the wandering person in hospital and residential aged care facilities during COVID-19.

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Aged Health Community of Practice | Aged Health Network

Managing suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients in positive pressure operating theatres

Not all facilities have access to a negative pressure room or have the option to convert rooms from positive to negative pressure settings. This document provides recommendations for managing suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients in positive pressure operating theatres.

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Model of care for the use of sotrovimab in NSW

The document provides clinical criteria on the use of sotrovimab for patients with COVID-19.

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Anaesthesia Community of Practice | Anaesthesia Perioperative Care Network

Management of STEMI during COVID-19 in NSW

The Cardiac Community of Practice recommends the State Cardiac Reperfusion Strategy (SCRS) to remain unchanged during the COVID-19 pandemic, with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) offered as the first-line therapy for patients presenting with STEMI.

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Stress testing during COVID-19

Exercise stress testing is a procedure which may have a high risk of droplet spread. This document outlines the guiding principles for conducting stress testing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cardiac Community of Practice | Cardiac

Guidance for teams targeting virtual diabetes education

Guide for teams targeting virtual diabetes education, encompassing innovative options with sustainability and adaptability at local levels.

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Diabetes Community of Practice | Diabetes and Endocrine Network

Procedural sedation in the ED

Procedural sedation in the emergency department (ED) may result in airway complications. Airway interventions to address complications of procedural sedation in ED should be managed as an Aerosol Generating Procedure (AGP).

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Emergency department assessment and management of COVID-19 (Delta variant)

This is a quick reference guide for assessing and managing patients presenting to ED with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

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Commencing resuscitation in ED

This document provides guidance to emergency department clinicians on the safe practice of advanced life support and CPR in ED during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Emergency Department Community of Practice | Emergency Care Institute

COVID-19 medical imaging referral

Guide for referring doctors relating to chest X-ray, CT scans, interventional radiology, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine and ultrasound.

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Information for medical imaging managers and clinicians

This information sheet applies to the medical imaging diagnosis of COVID-19 and the diagnosis of other conditions in patients with suspected, probable or confirmed COVID-19. The imaging strategies and principles for infection prevention and control aim to support staff and patient safety. The document also aims to provide information to assist with the long term sustainability of medical imaging services during COVID-19 pandemic surge periods.

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Medical Imaging Community of Practice | Radiology Network

Principals of Rehabilitation

This document suggests escalation principles that may be of assistance to local health districts and/or individual hospitals as they prepare local escalation plans.

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Restoration of rehabilitation services

This document provides principles and guidance for restoring rehabilitation services in NSW to a modified level of business as usual in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Multidisciplinary rehabilitation communication and referral - information for acute care physicians and allied health

This document provides guidance to acute care physicians and allied health professionals on referring people who are diagnosed with, or are recovering from COVID-19 to multidisciplinary rehabilitation assessment and management.

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Multidisciplinary rehabilitation communication and referral – information for virtual care clinics and services

This document provides guidance to virtual care clinics and services on referring people who are diagnosed with, or are recovering from COVID-19 to multidisciplinary rehabilitation management.

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Multidisciplinary rehabilitation communication and referral – information for GPs, public and primary health teams

This document provides guidance to public health physicians and their teams, general practitioners and primary health teams on referring people who have recovered from COVID-19 and are experiencing ongoing symptoms, to multidisciplinary rehabilitation assessment and management.

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Rehabilitation Community of Practice | Rehabilitation Network

COVID-19 and high flow nasal prong oxygen (HFNPO2)

Make sure that HFNPO2 is the most appropriate intervention for your patient with acute respiratory viral illness (including COVID-19) as HFNPO2 generates aerosolised droplets that spread widely and may increase the risk of transmission of respiratory viruses to healthcare workers.

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Nebulisers and COVID-19

Make sure there is no alternative to delivering medication via a nebuliser for your patient with acute respiratory viral illness (including COVID-19) as nebulisers generate a high level of aerosolised particles that spread widely and may infect staff and other patients.

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Physiotherapy and COVID-19

Make sure respiratory physiotherapy techniques are the most appropriate intervention for your patient with acute respiratory viral illness (including COVID-19) to protect both patient and the risk of transmission of respiratory viruses to healthcare workers.

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Non-invasive ventilation (NIV)

Make sure that non-invasive ventilation is the most appropriate intervention for your patient with acute respiratory viral illness (including COVID-19) as non-invasive ventilation (CPAP/BIPAP) generates a high level of aerosolised droplets that spread widely and may increase the risk of transmission of respiratory viruses to healthcare workers.

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Lung function testing in COVID-19

Make sure that lung function testing is needed at this time for your patient. Asymptomatic patients may be infected with acute respiratory viral illnesses (including COVID-19) and may increase the risk of transmission of respiratory viruses to healthcare workers.

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Delivering pulmonary rehabilitation via telehealth during COVID-19

This document has been developed to assist pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) programs to continue to provide patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The document provides organisational models of PR and options for the delivery of home-based PR supported by telehealth (i.e. telephone or videoconferencing).

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Rehabilitation following COVID-19 in the pulmonary rehabilitation setting

This document provides a guide for pulmonary rehabilitation programs in delivering rehabilitation within existing programs (outpatient or community settings) for people recovering from COVID-19 who have persistent impairments that would respond to pulmonary rehabilitation.

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Model of care for the use of sotrovimab in NSW

The document provides clinical criteria on the use of sotrovimab for patients with COVID-19.

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Care of adult patients with COVID-19 in acute inpatient wards

This document outlines a model of care to guide acute inpatient clinical staff to care for adult patients who have COVID-19.

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Respiratory Community of Practice | Respiratory Network

Information on COVID-19 for people with spinal cord injury

Patient information. If you have a tetraplegia or high-level paraplegia injury and have existing problems with your lungs or reduced breathing capacity, then you may be at higher risk of having more severe problems related to COVID-19. Your spinal clinician or general practitioner (GP) can help assess your personal level of risk.

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Inspiratory muscle training in people with spinal cord injury

Patient information. For people with tetraplegia, regular use of a resistance-based inspiratory muscle trainer (IMT) promotes stronger respiratory muscles and improves lung capacity. The training program has been shown to reduce the risk of developing respiratory complications such as pneumonia after spinal cord injury and is easy to complete at home using a lightweight, inexpensive device.

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Planning for disruption of supports and services due to COVID-19

If you become unwell and need medical care, your usual doctor and hospital services are still able to help, although they may use other options, such as contact by phone or video consults. If you have an emergency, you can call an ambulance.

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Spinal Cord Injury Community of Practice | Spinal Cord Injury Service

Updated guidance for the management of surgery during COVID-19

This guideline outlines updated advice for the management of surgical services in NSW during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Personal protective equipment in the operating theatre

This updated decision support tool has been developed for health workers in operating theatres during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Surgery Community of Practice | Surgical Services Taskforce

Caring for adults with COVID-19 in the community

Guidance to assist health professionals with triaging patients, predicting those at risk of hospitalisation, and detecting clinical deterioration for patients with COVID-19 being managed in the community.

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Caring for children with COVID-19 in the community

Guidance to assist health professionals to triage children with COVID-19 who can be safely cared for in the community; detect clinical deterioration; and escalate appropriately. Produced by the Paediatric Community of Practice.

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Telehealth quick reference guide

Key information in setting up telehealth and where to find information on key resources, training sessions and technical support.

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Virtual adult respiratory assessment – Process flowchart

Virtual adult respiratory assessment – Process flowchart

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Guide to undertaking virtual respiratory assessment for adults

Virtual basic respiratory assessment for adults with acute and chronic respiratory conditions covering assessment, deterioration and escalation triggers, set-up, symptoms and infection control.

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Supporting virtual visiting

This guide outlines how the Stay Connected Program is involving family members as virtual partners in the care of their loved ones. It aims to facilitate virtual visiting.

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Virtual visiting using myVirtualCare (using direct call)

This guide outlines how health staff can support virtual visiting and help patients stay connected to families and carers using myVirtualCare (using direct call).

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Virtual visiting using myVirtualCare room link

This guide outlines how health staff can support virtual visiting and help patients stay connected to families and carers using myVirtualCare room link.

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Virtual visiting using Pexip

This guide outlines how health staff can support virtual visiting and help patients stay connected to families and carers using the Pexip videoconferencing platform.

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Virtual visiting using a videoconferencing cart

This guide outlines how health staff can support virtual visiting and help patients stay connected to families and carers using a videoconferencing cart.

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myVirtualCare user guide for patients and carers – direct calls

Instructions to access myVirtualCare, join the call and test your audio and video.

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Virtual Care Community of Practice | Telehealth

Last updated: 22 Sep 2021

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