COVID-19 resources on infection control

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Infection control e-learning course

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Video-based, easy-to-navigate, essential e-learning to help organisations prevent the spread of infection.

Last updated on hub: 07 May 2020

Moving practice online: knowledge exchange for social service practitioners adapting to the covid -19 context

A summary of responses to a knowledge exchange held with social service practitioners in New Zealand on how they were adapting their practice to ensure physical distancing during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Practitioners described many ways that their processes, practices and technologies were changing in order to continue their work. The document provides a brief overview paragraph summarising each area of practice adaptation and a list of ideas from practitioners. Four areas of practice adaptation are covered: engaging in direct practice - including managing potential risks related to heightened family stresses and the possibilities of family violence; managing service user pathways, including managing new referrals; ethical and cultural issue, such as balancing user needs with the need to reduce the spread of the virus; and staff issues relating to staff protections, work practices that reduce spread of the virus.

Last updated on hub: 07 May 2020

Preventing respiratory illness in older adults aged 60 years and above living in long-term care

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine

This rapid overview of reviews identifies evidence from systematic reviews on infection protection and control measures for preventing respiratory illness (including coronavirus and influenza) in older adults aged 60 years and above living in long-term care. The results of the included systematic reviews suggest that high quality evidence supports treating residents with antiviral chemoprophylaxis with adamantine, as well as adamantine in combination with personal protective equipment. For the rest of the strategies, there was either no evidence of effectiveness (e.g., social isolation) or mixed evidence of effectiveness (e.g., rimantadine, zanamivir, hand hygiene, personal protective equipment). The mixed evidence on hand hygiene and use of personal protective equipment does not imply these should not be used in outbreaks.

Last updated on hub: 06 May 2020

Guidelines for preventing respiratory illness in older adults aged 60 years and above living in long-term care

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine

The findings of a rapid review of clinical practice guidelines to identify infection protection and control measures for preventing respiratory viruses (including coronavirus and influenza) in older adults aged 60 years and older in long-term care settings. The review found, that recommendations from current guidelines seem to support environmental measures for infection prevention and antiviral chemoprophylaxis for infection management as the most appropriate first-line response to viral respiratory illness in long-term care. The review notes that the findings should be treated with caution as it is unclear how many of these guidelines are based on the best available evidence due to their poor overall quality.

Last updated on hub: 06 May 2020

Age-friendly health systems design to address COVID-19

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Advice to help limit the exposure of older adults to coronavirus (COVID-19) by reducing their need to present to the hospital, reducing hospitalisations and, if hospitalised or in post-acute or long-term care community, increase the rate of safe discharges. It provides advice for professionals working in the community, in emergency departments and hospitals, and in long-term care.

Last updated on hub: 05 May 2020

Webinar recording: COVID-19 and care providers

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Watch the SCIE COVID-19 webinar hosted by Paul Burstow, Chair of SCIE. He was joined by Kathryn Smith, the incoming Chief Executive of the SCIE and a former care worker.

Last updated on hub: 30 April 2020

When to release the lockdown: a wellbeing framework for analysing costs and benefits

London School of Economics and Political Science

In choosing when to end the lockdown, policy-makers have to balance the impact of the decision upon incomes, unemployment, mental health, public confidence and many other factors, as well as upon the number of deaths from the coronavirus (COVID-19). To facilitate the decision, it is helpful to forecast each factor using a single metric. The report analyses the impact of many factors such as incomes, unemployment, mental health, air quality and death rates with a view to understanding when the costs of continuing the lockdown exceed the benefits. These factors are brought together using a common currency of their impact on individuals’ wellbeing resulting from each date of ending the lockdown. This new metric makes it possible to compare the impact of each factor in a way that is relevant to all public policy decisions.

Last updated on hub: 30 April 2020

Guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family

Department of Health and Social Care

Information and advice for people who are caring, unpaid, for friends or family during the coronavirus outbreak. It builds on other guidance published by the Government, including Stay at home guidance and guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults. [First published 8 April 2020; last updated 13 August 2020]

Last updated on hub: 29 April 2020

Can social prescribing support the COVID-19 pandemic?

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine

This document looks at how social prescribing can be implemented within the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It finds that although there is limited evidence on how social prescribing can be best implemented within the current COVID-19 pandemic, there are an increasing array of anecdotal accounts that suggest the importance of maintaining community connectedness during this time.

Last updated on hub: 29 April 2020

How can pandemic spreads be contained in care homes?

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine

A rapid review of evidence to examine how pandemic spreads, such as the coronavirus, can be contained in care homes. It considers: human resources, nursing activities and medication, and external visitors. The review, carried out on behalf of the Oxford COVID-19 Evidence Service Team, found that the effectiveness of infection control measures is dependent upon a number of factors and a combination of strategies. The most significant factors were identified as: hand hygiene, environmental cleaning and decontamination and cleaning, avoiding staff rotation and allocating staff to one facility consistently, restricting visitors, and testing which creates rapid response to contain and prevent further spread.

Last updated on hub: 28 April 2020