The management of ADULT cardiac arrest patients taken to EDs during the Covid-19 Pandemic, RCEM
RCEM and NASMeD Position Statement: The purpose of this document is to provide a shared framework for ambulance clinicians and ED senior clinicians to provide the most appropriate care in the most appropriate place for adult patients in cardiac arrest on arrival at an ED. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus: health and social care key issues and sources, House of Commons Library (updated 30th June 2020)
This Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of key issues facing the NHS and social care services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and links to official UK and international guidance and data. It also lists other reliable sources of information in the health and social care sector, including comment from organisations representing patients, staff and service providers. First published on 7th April 2020, this briefing paper was updated on 30th June 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19 rapid evidence summary: vitamin D for COVID-19 [ES28], NICE (published 29th June 2020)
Vitamin D is important for bone and muscle health. It has also been hypothesised that vitamin D may have a role in the body's immune response to respiratory viruses. Although sunlight exposure is the major source of vitamin D for most people, it can also be obtained from the diet or supplements. The 2 major forms of vitamin D, vitamin D3 (colecalciferol) and vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol), are licensed for the prevention and treatment of vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D supplements are not specifically licensed for preventing or treating any infection, including the novel coronavirus infection that causes COVID ‑19. (Source:...
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Meningococcal disease: laboratory confirmed cases in England in 2019 to 2020, PHE (updated 30th June 2020)
Laboratory confirmed cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported to the enhanced meningococcal surveillance programme in England. 30 June 2020 Added corrected table 1 in January to March 2020 report. 23 June 2020 Added Health Protection Report (HPR) 14(12) January to March 2020 quarterly report. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Specific patient groups and settings, RCGP (updated 1st July 2020)
This section of RCGP Learning's COVID-19 resource hub provides information on dealing with specific patient groups throughout the COVID-19 period. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Specific patient groups and settings, RCGP (updated 29th June 2020)
This section of RCGP Learning's COVID-19 resource hub provides information on dealing with specific patient groups throughout the COVID-19 period. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Maintaining and restoring general practice services, RCGP (updated 30th June 2020)
This provides advice on adjusting to changes in your practice due to COVID-19, including keeping on top of routine care. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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E-guide for financing health promoting services, European Portal for Action on Health Inequalities
COVID-19, as well as other diseases, require serious investments in prevention and health promotion. This e-guide illustrates a spectrum of approaches to mobilise resources to finance the delivery of such health-promoting services that benefit health and wellbeing for all. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Recovery position: what next for the NHS?, NHS Providers
This report, based on the first full survey of NHS trust leaders since Covid-19 started, sets out the scale of increased demand and the dramatic loss of capacity many trusts are now facing as the NHS juggles treating Covid-19 patients with restarting the full range of services. The report shows that, while trusts are restoring services as fast as they can, some trusts – particularly acute hospitals – believe this restoration will take more than six months. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Safeguarding adults with dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic, SCIE (updated July 2020)
This quick guide aims to support care providers and staff to safeguard people with dementia during the pandemic. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Safeguarding adults during the COVID-19 crisis, SCIE (updated July 2020)
This quick guide discusses the importance of safeguarding adults with care and support needs during the coronavirus crisis and addresses the issue of moving to a new stage in dealing with COVID-19 following the initial crisis. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Safeguarding children and families during the COVID-19 crisis, SCIE (updated July 2020)
This quick guide is for practitioners working to safeguard children and families during the COVID-19 outbreak, including social workers and those working in social care settings. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Domestic violence and abuse: Safeguarding during the COVID-19 crisis, SCIE (updated 29th June 2020)
This quick guide is aimed at those supporting adults and children who are experiencing domestic abuse during the coronavirus crisis. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus in developing countries: Mapping national policy responses, House of Commons Library
This House of Commons Library Insight maps the main trends in policy to date among developing countries. It highlights some of the on-going debates in these countries about the pandemic. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronaviruses a general introduction, CEBM (updated 29th June 2020)
The author states that he had previously highlighted the fact that the major peaks of interest in the coronaviruses have followed major infections in humans and animals. In a 2 External 0 0 0 BMJ opinion column false https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2020/01/31/jeffrey-aronson-when-i-use-a-word-coronas true false%> on 31 January this year, he wrote that he expected to see another peak in the numbers of publications following the current epidemic. The original graph ended with the 2019 figures but the latest numbers from 2020 have now been added, which shows that the prophecy has been fulfilled - more publications on coronavirus...
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More about chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, CEBM (updated 27th June 2020)
Note added on 27 June: On 26 June the MHRA 2 External 0 0 0 announced false https://www.gov.uk/government/news/green-light-for-covid-19-trial-recruitment?utm_source=8a20f981-3745-403b-adff-3bdceb0147e4&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=weekly%E2%80%8B true false%> that it had “given the [COPCOV] clinical trial the green light to recruit more participants at the request of the COPCOV trialists, who are studying the use of hydroxychloroquine in preventing COVID-19. At the same time, the MHRA issued a 2 External 0 0 0 statement false https://www.gov.uk/governme nt/news/chloroqu...
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COVID-19: Death Data in England update 29th June, CEBM
COVID-19 death data in England as of 29th June 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Clinical guidance for healthcare professionals on maintaining immunisation programmes during COVID-19, NHS England (updated 29th June 2020)
The national immunisation programme is highly successful in reducing the incidence of serious and sometimes life-threatening diseases such as pneumococcal and meningococcal infections, whooping cough, diphtheria and measles. It remains important to maintain the best possible vaccine uptake to prevent a resurgence of these infections. This will also prevent increasing further the numbers of patients requiring health services, as well as outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, and allow us to provide important protection to children and other vulnerable groups. Where possible, the routine immunisation programmes should be...
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Clinical guide for extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for respiratory failure in adults during the coronavirus pandemic, NHS England ( updated 25 June 2020 V2)
ECMO for respiratory failure Respiratory ECMO is indicated for acute severe but potentially reversible respiratory failure. It is therefore expected that the service will experience increased demand in response to patients with COVID-19. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Business as usual is not an option: Prime Minister urged to create new Mental Health Renewal Plan for England, Centre for Mental Health
The devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic demands an urgent renewal plan for the nation's mental health to avoid crisis, according to an unprecedented coalition of over 50 voluntary and social sector organisations which has written to the Prime Minister today to call for a cross-government approach to put the nation's mental health at the heart of its Covid-19 recovery plan. Samaritans, Mental Health UK, Mind, Rethink Mental Illness, Mental Health Foundation, Centre for Mental Health, Young Minds and the Association of Mental Health Providers are among the charities joined by voices from across the voluntary sector ...
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Direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs): reminder of bleeding risk, including availability of reversal agents, MHRA (drug safety update 29th June 2020)
Remain vigilant for signs and symptoms of bleeding complications during treatment with DOACs (apixaban, dabigatran, edoxaban, rivaroxaban), especially in patients with increased bleeding risks. Specific reversal agents are available for dabigatran (Praxbind ▼, idarucizumab), and apixaban and rivaroxaban (Ondexxya▼, andexanet alfa). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Central Alerting System: Personal Protective Equipment and heat: risk of heat stress, MHRA
Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in warm/hot environments increases the risk of heat stress.Measures to control the temperature of clinical environments and enable staff to make behavioural adaptations to stay cool and well hydrated should be made. Staff may require more frequent breaks and the frequency of PPE changes may increase, with a resulting increase in demand. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Human Rights and the Government's response to COVID-19: The detention of young people who are autistic and/or have learning disabilities, JCHR
Last year, the Joint Committee on Human Rights published a report on the detention of young people with learning disabilities and/or autism in Assessment and Treatment Units (ATUs) and other mental health hospitals which concluded that young people's human rights are being abused. Now that institutions are closed to the outside world as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the risk of human rights abuses are even greater. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Dexamethasone, CEBM
" If the full published data from the RECOVERY trial of dexamethasone in the treatment of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 confirm the results in the preliminary publications, the decision to adopt it in the NHS before publication of the final paper will have been justified. " (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19 - service evaluation and audit on the care needs of children admitted to hospital (England), RCPCH (updated 26th June 2020)
This service evaluation and audit aims to provide important up-to-date information to clinicians relating clinical aspects of COVID-19 while also determining the care needs of children admitted to hospital with COVID-19. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: background information, PHE (updated 29th June 2020)
Update in this version (published 29th June 2020) - updated global case numbers. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Safeguarding and vulnerable groups, RCGP (updated 26th June 2020)
Advice on safeguarding vulnerable patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, including shielding those in high-risk groups. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Specific Clinical Management, RCGP (updated 26th June 2020)
This section of RCGP Learning's COVID-19 resource hub provides information on managing COVID-19 alongside specific clinical conditions. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Top tips, RCGP (updated 26th June 2020)
Key information for GPs during the COVID-19 outbreak. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Guidance on restarting international recruitment launched, NHS Employers
We have launched a new web section on 2 External 0 0 0 restarting international recruitment false https://www.nhsemployers.org/your-workforce/recruit/employer-led-recruitment/international-recruitment/restarting-international-recruitment-following-covid19 true false%>, designed to support NHS organisations with their overseas skilled supply as international routes begin to reopen. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus: Returning to work, House of Commons Library (updated 26th June 2020)
This Commons Library Briefing Paper discusses issues relating to returning to work following the publication of the Government's Covid-19 recovery plan. It provides an overview of relevant health and safety law and a discussion of recent Government guidance on working safely in the context of COVID-19. This paper should be read as correct at time of publication - 26th June 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus: A ban on evictions and help for rough sleepers, House of Commons Library (updated 25th June 2020)
This briefing paper explains measures the Government has put in place during the coronavirus outbreak to assist households to retain their homes and to enable local authorities to tackle the specific challenges faced by rough sleepers. The paper is being updated regularly to take account of new developments. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus: Overseas health and social care workforce, House of Commons Library
This Commons Library briefing paper considers the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the overseas health and social care workforce. The paper discusses the measures used to increase numbers of overseas staff during the pandemic, the immigration measures introduced for health and social care workers, and the potential implications for overseas recruitment. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the UK, DHSC/PHE (updated 29th June 2020)
As of 9am on 29th June, there have been 9,290,215 tests, with 93,881 tests on 28th June. 311,965 people have tested positive. As of 5pm on 28th June, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, across all settings, 43,575 have died. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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First UK study of COVID-19 neurological and psychiatric complications warns of mental health problems in younger patients, RCPsych
A study of 153 patients treated in UK hospitals during the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic describes a range of neurological and psychiatric complications that may be linked to the virus. The research carried out by the CoroNerve Studies Group, including the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and published today in The Lancet Psychiatry journal reveals that while stroke was the most commonly reported neurological complication in hospitalised COVID-19 patients, many younger patients developed an altered mental state such as psychosis or catatonia. To investigate the breadth of COVID-19 complications that affect the brain,...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antibody tests for identification of current and past infection with SARSCoV2, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Background The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS ‐CoV‐2) virus and resulting COVID‐19 pandemic present important diagnostic challenges. Several diagnostic strategies are available to identify current infection, rule out infection, identify people in need of care escalation, or to test for past infection and immune response. Serology tests to detect the presence of antibodies to SARS‐CoV‐2 aim to identify previous SARS‐CoV‐2 infection, and may help to confirm the presence of current infection. Objectives To assess the diagnostic accuracy of antibody tests to determine if a person presenting...
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What has Covid-19 taught us about supporting workforce mental health and wellbeing?, KF
Since 2005 pandemic preparedness plans have highlighted the need to consider providing psychosocial support for health care workers. Despite this, several weeks into the Covid-19 UK outbreak there were significant gaps nationally in evidence, planning and implementation advice for what this provision should look like and who should be providing it. Hospital-based psychiatrists and psychologists were among the first to hear expressions of concern and need from colleagues facing sustained stress and loss. In our own liaison psychiatry service, that enquiry came from frontline intensivists on 10 March. We rapidly saw that sup...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK, DHSC/PHE (updated 26th June 2020)
As of 9am on 26 June, there have been 8,911,226 tests, with 165,665 tests on 25 June. 309,360 people have tested positive. As of 5pm on 25 June, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, across all settings, 43,414 have died. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: the immune response, inflammation, and vascular disease, 19 May 2020, SAGE (updated 26th June 2020)
Paper prepared by the Royal Society for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). This rapid review of the science of the immune response, inflammation, and vascular disease from the Royal Society is provided to assist SAGE in relation to COVID-19. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Ambulance staff who respond to suicides need more support
UK ambulance staff report lasting and troubling memories of being called to suicides. But in a small qualitative study, they said there was little acknowledgment in the workplace that such events are traumatic. This is important since someone exposed to suicide is known to be themselves at greater risk of suicide. Each worker interviewed had lost a colleague to suicide at least once and often multiple times. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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General clinical management, RCGP (updated 26th June 2020)
Essential information for GPs about COVID-19, from symptoms to diagnosis to protecting practice staff. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Remote consultation and triaging, RCGP (updated 25th June 2020)
Part of RCGP Learning's COVID-19 Resource Hub, this provides advice on adapting to changing consultation formats, including best practice for online and telephone triage appointments. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Standard operating procedure: Children and young people with palliative and end-of-life care needs who are cared for in a community setting (home and hospice) during the COVID-19 pandemic, NHS England
Standard operating procedure for children and young people with palliative and end of life care needs who are cared for in a community setting (home and hospice) during the COVID-19 pandemic. This publication is intended to support staff who are providing care or supporting children and young people (and their families) who have palliative and/or end of life care needs in the community (including home and hospice care). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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How tests and testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19) work, MHRA (updated 26th June 2020)
The different types of tests and testing kits for COVID-19, and the specifications for manufacturers. 26 June 2020 Added new Target Product Profile document for Point of Care SARS-CoV-2 detection tests 12 June 2020 Published a HTML version of the Target Product Profile: enzyme Immunoassay (EIA) Antibody tests document (which wa s published as a PDF on 5 June) (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Guide for Audit and Risk Committees on Financial Reporting and Management during COVID-19, NAO
Guide aims to help committee members discharge their responsibilities in several different areas, and to examine the impacts on their organisations of the COVID-19 outbreak, including on annual reports, financial reporting, control environment and regularity of expenditure. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Surveillance of influenza and other respiratory viruses in the UK: Winter 2019 to 2020, PHE
This report describes influenza activity experienced in UK in the period from week 40, 2019 to week 14, 2020. It includes observations and commentary from the childhood vaccination programme and activity of other seasonal and novel respiratory viruses. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Febrile Neutropenia Patient Group Direction: Improving treatment and sepsis management in paediatric oncology patients in Wales
A PGD was developed allowing registered nursing staff to administer the first dose of IV antibiotics to febrile neutropenic patients. Post audit results showed improvements in number of patients receiving recommended IV antibiotic treatment within 1 hour of arrival to the unit. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and the COVID-19 crisis, SCIE (updated 25th June 2020)
Those most at risk from COVID-19 – older people, and people with existing long-term health conditions – are likely to be over-represented in the group of people whose rights and freedoms are protected by the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005. This guidance sets out what protections the MCA gives them, both during the crisis and in more typical times. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing, PHE (updated 25th June 2020)
This advice is to help adults with caring responsibilities look after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people, including those with additional needs and disabilities, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Update in this version (25th June) - guidance to reflect the latest social distancing measures. Update in version published 16th June - added guidance on support bubbles. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing, PHE (updated 25th June 2020)
This guide provides advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Update in this version (25th June) - guidance to reflect the latest social distancing measures. Update in version published 16th June - added guidance on support bubbles. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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