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Respiratory

Online Training and Research

British Thoracic Society

Information, guidance and resources relating to COVID-19 provided by the British Thoracic Society for the respiratory community. There is information related to oxygen use and safety issues, as well as specific guidance for a range of respiratory conditions and their management. Link.

Health Protection Scotland

Health Protection Scotland have provided workforce education information on obtaining upper respiratory tract diagnostic samples for COVID-19 in secondary care. Link.

GARD – The Global Alliance Against Chronic Respiratory Diseases

The Global Alliance Against Chronic Respiratory Disease have created a COVID-19 dashboard, which signposts users and members to key literature published relating to COVID-19, as well as the latest distribution of the disease and briefings from the World Health Organisation. Link.

CHEST – The American College of Chest Physicians

The American College of Chest Physicians have created a resource signposting healthcare professionals to clinical and practical management guidance. Link.

PCRS – The Primary Care Respiratory Society

The Primary Care Respiratpry Society have issued “Pragmatic Guidance for crisis management of asthma and COPD during the UK Covid-19 epidemic”. Link.

NICE – The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

The purpose of this guideline is to maximise the safety of patients with cystic fibrosis and make the best use of NHS resources, while protecting staff from infection. It will also enable services to match capacity to patient needs if services become limited because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Link.

The purpose of this guideline is to maximise the safety of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) during the COVID-19 pandemic, while protecting staff from infection. It will also enable services to make the best use of NHS resources. Link.

NICE have issued a rapid guideline for the management of suspected or confirmed pneumonia in adults in the community. The purpose of this guideline is to ensure the best treatment for adults with suspected or confirmed pneumonia in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also enable services to make the best use of NHS resources. Link.

WHO – World Health Organization

Interim guidance from the World Health Organisation on the clinical management of severe acute respiratory infection when COVID-19 infection is suspected. Link.

NHS England and NHS Improvement

Clinical guide from the NHS for extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for respiratory failure in adults during the coronavirus pandemic. Link.

Clinical guide for the management of respiratory patients during the coronavirus pandemic (NHS England and NHS Improvement). Link.

Respiratory Documents:

COVID-19 INFO AH – Guidance for newly qualified doctors & Health care professionals. Link.

Use of Acute Oxygen Guidelines – a guide for non-respiratory doctors looking after non COVID patients. Link.

Pneumothorax Guidelines – a guide for non – respiratory physicians during the Covid-19 pandemic. Link.

Ward management of acute exacerbations of COPD – a guide for non-respiratory doctors during COVID-19. Link.

Ward management to acute exacerbations of asthma – a guide for non-respiratory doctors during COVID-19. Link.

Barts Health Education Academy

Blood Gas Analysis (Barts Health). Link.

Dr Jennings

Respiratory Physiology and Ventilation. Link.

Dr Simpson

CPAP and NIV Q&A Webinar. Link.

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

A video by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust demonstrating the use of closed suction for self-ventilating tracheostomy patients during CoVID -19 outbreak. The use of closed suction is recommended to minimise aerosol generated during this procedure. Link.