Covid-19 Information & Useful websites

Reproduction Number Update  21st May Simon Harris

Minister Harris stated the “R” number is now between 0.45 and 0.63. Minister Harris  stated for four weeks in a row the number has remained significantly below one. The Minister said the sacrifices that have been made have pushed Covid-19 back, but he said, it has not gone away.

COVID-19 Testing and Tracing Roadmap to enhance capacity and turnaround

A rapid review was commissioned by HSE leadership on 15th April 2020 to analyse the end-to-end testing infrastructure for COVID-19 and to outline initiatives to improve its performance. It was concluded on 24th April 2020 for consideration by HSE Leadership, the HSE Board, the Department of Health, Cabinet and NPHET.  The paper presents a view of the target performance levels needed at each stage of the process to effectively deliver a testing pathway that will consistently and sustainably deliver increased capacity levels and reduced turnaround times while mitigating the associated risks.  The stages of the review undertaken include GP referral, community swabbing, laboratory testing and contact tracing process. The paper also outlines a summary of the primary risks and constraints. The document also outlines progress to date on all actions outlined in the original paper.  The HSE recognises that the availability of widespread, responsive testing with a short turnaround time is critical to the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic

HSE Testing and Contact Tracing Dashboard 18th May

This shows an update of the numbers of aces and where they have occurred.

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ECDC Covid-19 surveillance Report

The link below provides a summary from the ECDC based on data available  on 21 st  May 2020, 29 out of 31 countries (EU/EEA countries and the UK) showed consistently decreasing trends in COVID-19 14-day case notification rates compared to peaks that were observed 14–50 days earlier.

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Dementia Understand Together

This document was developed by Family Carers Ireland in response to the Covid-19 outbreak at the request of our members but it can be used for any emergency. If you would like to share your experience of completing this document or using this plan, we would love to hear from you. If there is additional information you would like to see included in future versions please contact us by email at kmcloughlin@familycarers.ie

Emergency Care Plan Booklet 

Society of Radiographers SoR

What action is needed to restart breast screening equipment unused during the pandemic?

Breast screening services are being reminded to consult advice about the care and maintenance of mammography x-ray equipment and trailers which has not been used during the pandemic

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Society of Radiographers SoR

Screening restart: Guidance for safe service provision during Covid-19 pandemic and post pandemic phase

The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR), in collaboration with the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR), has produced this joint guidance to support the restarting of screening services involving imaging during the COVID-19 pandemic. This document offers guidance to members and providers. It supports ‘paused’ or ‘stopped’ services to recommence safely, protecting staff and clients.

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NICE COVID-19 rapid guideline: children and young people who are immunocompromised

The purpose of this guideline is to maximise the safety of children and young people who are immunocompromised during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also aims to protect staff from infection and enable services to make the best use of NHS resources.

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Covid-19 Case Update Ireland

Coronavirus Cases=20,612

Death=,232

Recovered=13,386

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/ireland/

RTE News 30.04.2020 :The breakdown of Covid-19 Cases

Health care Staff = 5,684

Hospitalised = 2709

Clusters = 630

ICU = 360

https://www.rte.ie/news/coronavirus/summary/

Remdesivir: The Covid-19 drug helping patients recover faster

An interesting update on Remdesivir trails .

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The Nursing Journal  – protect your family from Covid-19

This is a short 3-minute video with helpful tips to protect your family from Covid-19 .It’s very direct but has very valid points

Medical workers are worried sick, that they will get infected at work and bring the virus back home and infect their families. So, because of this, many of the medical workers isolation. But this is not really an option for everyone. There are a lot of health workers who are still living with their family, with their kids and with their room mates. So, we came up with the most basic ways for you to minimise the risk of infecting your home and your family Click Here:

The Nursing Journal  Tips for Nurses Living Away from Their Families During COVID-19

This is another short video with helpful tips for those healthcare professionals who may have to move put from their family during Covid-19 to protect their family . Living in solitary is hard, especially when you don’t know when you can hug your loved ones again. If you are feeling depressed, anxious or lonely, you should know that you are not alone. Taking care of your mental health is crucial when living in isolation, so The Nursing Journal has come up with 5 ways that will help you survive self-isolation. Click Here:

GE Webinar on demand

Diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19: webinar replay available Click Here:

Memberwise 12 May @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Transitioning to Online AGMs & Conferences: Your Recipe for Success

For many associations, the AGM is a constitutional requirement. But with the COVID-19 pandemic causing such widespread upheaval to all aspects of daily life, this is forcing governance professionals and membership boards to consider alternative options for their AGM. This session will aim to equip you with the key points of how a hybrid or virtual AGM could work for you, and how to practically run an online meeting to ensure member democracy and engagement is upheld. Importantly, it will also show you what that experience looks like from a member perspective. You’ll learn:

  • How technology is supporting hybrid and virtual AGMs
  • How to run and chair a virtual meeting
  • How to improve the member experience, ensuring engagement

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Maps of Covid-19 locations

There are two  maps released by the HSE  included here one showing the locations of cases in Dublin and the second map showing cases nationally the
data was released by the HSE late on Wednesday evening, and it accounts for all confirmed cases up to April 13 Click Here:

UCD College of Social Sciences and Law

Ireland’s COVID19 Crisis Response: Perspectives from Social Science

Join UCD Geary Institute this Friday online as they anticipate likely challenges ahead and how research can contribute to finding solutions .The first case of Covid-19 was observed in Ireland on February 29th. In the past month, we have had  unprecedented change in every aspect of Irish society. The response to the pandemic progressed from warnings to school and pub closures, to a comprehensive shut down of non-essential workplaces, and strong guidelines on physical distancing, hygiene, and travel.

It is urgent to understand how people are responding to these changes. Adherence to physical distancing and protective health behaviours may be vital in delaying the transmission of the virus and allowing the health system to adapt. Understanding how to promote such adherence is a key topic of research for our community. Understanding the short-run impacts on mental and physical health is a key priority, as is understanding how the impacts of the restrictions are spread across groups of people and different types of businesses.

In the longer term, the Covid-19 pandemic will leave a wide range of public policy challenges in its wake. It would be important to anticipate now what those challenges are likely to be and to explore how research can contribute to finding solutions. With these challenges in mind, we are launching a series of Covid19 crisis policy response events. The first will take place Friday April 17th and the second will take place Friday April 24th.

The April 17th conference will take place  on-line via Zoom from 10:00 -13:00.  There will be 6 sessions with 3 parallel sessions in two time slots (10:00 am to 11.20am and 11.40am to 1:00pm).  These sessions will be available on demand post events. Click Here:

Explained: How Scientists Are Winning the Fight Against COVID-19

Across the world, medical scientists are working hour-by-hour to try to us get beyond our new day-to-day existence. The pandemic has sparked a global scientific response, which is moving at incredible pace Click Here:

Optimisation of Vitamin D Status in the fight against Covid-19 .

This article was sent to me by a dietician and highlights that many Irish people due to lack of sunlight are Vitamin D deficient . People with low Vitamin D levels are more susceptible to acute upper respiratory tract infection. Vitamin D supplementation may decrease the likelihood of acquiring acute respirator y tract infections and decreases the severity and duration in people who do acquire an infection. Read More:

 

The National HSCP Office is pleased to advise that a HSCP repository is now available in the HSCP Hub on HSELanD. This repository has been developed to support the Health and Social Care Professions to deliver services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is intended that this central repository will enable a sharing of COVID and non-COVID-related resources to reduce duplication of effort for HSCP frontline staff and managers at this time.

This development will be an iterative process with new content being added as it is received. The format may change over time in line with content requirements and user feedback.

Location of HSCP Repository on HSELanD

Once logged in to www.hseland.ie, users can access the repository in three clicks:

  1. Go to Hubs
  2. Go to Health and Social Care Professions (Hub)
  3. Click Resources to Support HSCP Delivering services in Context of COVID-19

*If you do not have an account, you can create an account as a staff member or ‘volunteer’.

We invite HSCP frontline staff, professional bodies and other interested parties to continue to send relevant resources to the National HSCP Office by emailing hscp.nationaloffice@hse.ie.

The Critical Care Programme (CCP)

Critical Care Programme is a collaborative multi-professional patient-centred initiative administered by National Clinical Programmes, Clinical Strategy and Programmes Directorate, HSE, in liaison with the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine of Ireland (JFICMI) and Intensive Care Society of Ireland (ICSI).

The aim of the Critical Care Programme is to improve the survival of critically ill patients.

To achieve this, the objective of the Critical Care Programme is critical care performance improvement by strengthening critical care capability. Capability domains include- information, process mapping, capacity planning, communication and engagement, and governance and leadership.

The principal priority of the Critical Care Programme is capacity maintenance and expansion in line with its Critical Care Model. Read More:

Covid-19 HSE Clinical Guidance and Evidence

  • HSE Interim Clinical Guidance to provide nationally consistent advice to the clinical community in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is based on best available knowledge at the time of completion, written by clinical subject matter experts (SMEs) working with the HSE. These SMEs have both expertise and experience of treating patients for the specific health conditions covered by the guidance.
  • Research evidence summaries prepared by the HSE National Library Evidence team and other stakeholders (these are statements of emerging evidence and do not replace clinical judgement or guidance)
  • An online facility to request additional published Covid19 evidence in relation to specific clinical questions.

The content of the site is not meant to replace clinical judgment or specialist consultation, but rather strengthen clinical management of patients and provide up-to-date and relevant guidance.  The guidance is iterative in nature and will be updated as the situation changes. The process for review and updating is being developed

This site provides a national easily accessible repository of clinical guidance and latest research evidence to equip the clinical community in Ireland to  respond to Covid-19. Click Here:

Coronavirus: All your questions answered Podcast with Professor Martin Cormican

It can be hard to sort fact from fiction when it comes to Covid-19. Infectious disease expert Professor Martin Cormican appeared on RTÉ’s Liveline with Joe Duffy to answer questions from worried callers.

Professor Cormican – the HSE’s Clinical Lead for Infection Control – gave detailed advice to listeners on everything from sleeping arrangements to the death of a loved one. Click Here:

New Lysis Buffer  RT-PCR diagnostic testing of C-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in increased need for diagnostic testing using reverse transcriptase real-time PCR (RT-PCR). An exponential increase in demand has resulted in a shortage of numerous reagents in particular those associated with the lysis buffer required to extract the viral RNA. Herein, we describe a rapid collective effort by hospital laboratory scientists, academic researchers and the biopharma industry to generate a validated lysis buffer This will be of great help to laboratories suffering shortages of renowned “LYSIS” reagent. Read More:

Health Information Quality Authority HIQA

Evidence summary for the  average length of stay in the intensive care unit for COVID-1

https://www.hiqa.ie/sites/default/files/2020-04/Evidence-summary_Covid-19_average-LOS-in-ICU.pdf

Communication supports

This communication tool kit is aimed at doctors caring for Covid-19 patients, but it provides helpful advice in an easily readable format for all health care  professional Click Here:

Communication Guide for difficult conversations

This guide is intended to help and support clinicians in their difficult conversations with patients and their loved ones. Click Here

The HSE has 2 new COVID-19 resources now available to all staff:

  1) Rapid Review & Evidence Summary Service

Who is this for?  Healthcare staff at the front line or from national clinical programmes who have requests for rapid evidence reviews in relation to COVID-19

What type of Rapid Review can I request? For a list of requests completed and in process, please visit Click Here:

When will my request be completed?  All requests are reviewed (Monday – Friday) and a response returned as soon as possible.

Where can I access this service?  Go to https://hselibrary.ie/  and click on Submit a Rapid Review Request’

Who is providing this service?  This is provided by a team of HSE librarians together with editorial input from clinicians/health care professionals.

2) Repository of HSE Interim Clinical Guidance & Evidence

 The HSE National Library Service, Research & Development and Clinical Design & Innovation have worked together to provide this extensive repository.  It provides consistent advice to the clinical community in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is informed by best available knowledge at the time of completion, written by clinical subject matter experts (SMEs) working with the HSE. These SMEs have both expertise and experience of treating patients for the specific health conditions covered by the guidance. Access Here:

National Health Library & Knowledge Service

Contact us on hselibrary@hse.ie open with the tress of Covid-19outbreakarie-Pierre

Health Protection Surveillance Centre HPSC

This website provides latest guidance for clinical and non-clinical settings on Covid-19 . Video resources include how-to put-on PPE , decontamination of clinical rates, dealing with suspected Covid-19 cases.     https://www.hpsc.ie/

 HSE Advice for Health Care workers

HSE CORONAVIRUS

DOH Department of Health Information  Click Here:

on this page you can view the latest daily information on how Ireland is responding to cases of COVID-19. Information included the following useful details

  • Latest Updates,
  • Public Health Measures
  • Health Advice
  • Irelands Response to Covid-19
  • Social Welfare Advice for Employers/employees/self-employed
  • Updates and Information from across Government
  • Government of Ireland Irelands National Action Plan in Response to Covid-19

Health and Safety Authority HSA

This document below specifies requirements to implement, maintain and improve an organisation’s ability to protect against, prepare for, respond to and recover from COVID-19 related disruptions when they arise. Click Here:

Global /National Tracking of Covid-19

 This website track’s  global cases and trends and is updated daily. Click Here:

HSE ADVICE ON TESTING

The number of Irish Covid-19 cases daily is available on Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) Click Here:

 What happens to my coronavirus sample in the testing lab?

Dr Brigid Lucey is a Senior Lecturer and Medical Scientist at Cork Institute of Technology. She is president of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine. Dr Lucey wrote an update on the process and the people involved in Covid-19 tests in medical laboratories around Ireland  Read more:

Ireland’s health service uses “patientMpower” remote monitoring solution for COVID-19 patients

Dublin-based digital health firm “patientMpower “has developed a remote monitoring solution for COVID-19 on behalf of the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE).This enables monitoring of otherwise healthy patients with mild to moderate symptoms who are in self-isolation.

The national programme is already operating across several hospitals in Ireland, including the Mater, St James’s and Beaumont Hospitals in Dublin, with others currently at the on-boarding stage.  Read More: