COVID-19 Clinical Guidelines–Infection Control

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Guidance for inpatient infection control management of patients receiving acute non-invasive ventilation and long-term ventilation during and beyond COVID-19

Date: 2020 Oct 14
Developer: British Thoracic Society (BTS)

Guideline Focus
Infection control management of patients receiving non-invasive and long-term ventilation during the COVID-19 pandemic

Patient Population
Patients receiving non-invasive and long-term ventilation

Major Interventions

  • Stratification of patient risk level (high, medium, or low)
  • Isolation, circuit, and personal protective equipment (PPE) requirement based on risk level

Infection prevention and control and preparedness for COVID-19 in healthcare settings, sixth update

Date: 2021 Feb 9
Developer: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

Guideline Focus
Guidance on preparedness and infection prevention and control (IPC) measures for the management of possible and confirmed cases of COVID-19

Patient Population
Suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients and healthcare personnel

Major Interventions

  • Triage and initial assessment of patients
  • Optimized use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Safe collection of diagnostic respiratory samples
  • Patient isolation and transport
  • Performance of aerosol generating procedures
  • Administrative, environmental, and staffing considerations for hospitals and long-term care facilities
  • IPC considerations surrounding COVID-19 vaccination, including in long-term care facilities
  • Impact of variants of concern

Australian guidelines for SARS-CoV-2 infection prevention and control of COVID-19 in healthcare workers. Version 1.0

Date: 2021 Jun 9
Developer: National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce

Guideline Focus
Prevention of SARS-COV-2 infection in healthcare workers

Patient Population
Healthcare workers who are in direct patient/resident/client-facing roles with individuals who may be infected with COVID-19

Major Interventions

  • Indications for use of eye protection and P2/N95 respirators
  • Adherence to standard and transmission-based precautions
  • Role of fit testing and access to P2/N95 respirators
  • Risk assessment of transmission of COVID-19 to healthcare workers

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