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World Health Organization Updates and Resources
Global Response to COVID-19 for Emergency Healthcare Systems and Providers 25 March 2020
This critical guidance developed by the IFEM Emergency Department Crowding and Access Block Taskforce was launched in a global town hall meeting webinar.
A second webinar was held on 8 April 2020. This webinar focused on mitigating the impact of COVID-19 in high and low and middle-income countries.
IFEM’s global response to COVID-19 is currently being translated into other languages. As these are completed they will be added below:
Réponse mondiale du groupe de travail IFEM pour les systèmes et professionnels de médecine d’urgence relatif à la surpopulation et aux difficultés d’accès aux urgences causées par Covid-19
Examples of operational documents from Local Health Authorities in COVID19 Impacted Countries
Please note that these documents are provided for the interest of IFEM Members and stakeholders, and content has not been verified by IFEM. Please contact the authoring organisation directly for further information. IFEM recommends reference to the World Health Organisation and National Health Authorities for authoritative information for management of COVID19.
Hong Kong Hospital Authority Communication Kit – COVID-19
Hong Kong Hospital, 27 February 2020
Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment
The First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, March 2020
Recomendaciones de actuacion frente a casos de infeccion por el nuevo coronavirus
Sociedad Española de Medicina de Urgencias y Emergencias
Federación Latinoamericana De Medicina De Emergencias
Care of COVID-19 in Adults in Low Resource Settings
African Federation for Emergency Medicine Emergency, March 2020
Managing COVID-19 across the Indo-Pacific: A guide for emergency departments with limited resources
Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, March 2020
COVID-19 Toolkit for Rural Emergency Care Facilities in Australasia
Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, May 2020
Other information and resources
Coronavirus Real Time World Map
RMH Covid-19 Home Monitoring Project
RMH Home Monitoring lets a hospital manage a large number of Covid-19 patients using their smartphones and two simple medical devices (pulse oximeter + thermometer). The goal is to oversee a large number of relatively healthy patients in their own homes, saving bed space and staff resources. The system prompts patients twice per day to submit their own heart rate, body temperature and oxygen saturation via a website. Clinicians are alerted to patients with concerning or critical vitals. Automation keep staff interaction and administrative work minimal. RMH Home Monitoring is a REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture tool) project template that you can copy and adapted for your facility. Patients interact with the system via public websites (REDCap Surveys).
Guidance on The Management Of Clinical Trials During The Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic
European Society for Emergency Medicine, 31 March 2020
Journal of Geriatric Emergency Medicine
COVID-19 in Older Adults: Key Points for Emergency Department Providers, 18 March 2020
COVID-19 in Older Adults: Transfers Between Nursing Homes and Hospitals, 27 March 2020
Emergency Department Discharge of Older Adults with Viral Syndrome During the COVID-19 Pandemic, 9 April 2020
COVID-19: Brings Geriatric Emergency Care to the Frontlines, 10 April 2020
On 31 March 2020 the ACEM Global Emergency Care Committee hosted an online support
forum for emergency care providers from low and middle-income providers to discuss
the providers’ current clinical situation and needs.
View summary of the discussion
Emergency Medicine Sharing Across The Globe Webinar
ACEM President, Dr John Bonning, and other ACEM representatives hosted an online meeting with representatives from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine in the United Kingdom.
A collaborative group comprising Monash University Design Health Collab, MCI Australia, Arcane Agency, and Fairfield Paediatrics have come together to produce and execute a number of key public health initiatives and resources to support healthcare workers, businesses and the community during the time of COVID-19.
PPE Staff Briefing Video
Start of Shift Safety Card
On & Off PPE Poster
Recording of Reunión de Medicina de Emergencia Webinar
Topic: Corona Virus 19 in Paediatric Emergencies: What have we done, what are we doing and what can we do? Rey, Dra. Paula Vázquez, Dr. Javier Benito, Dr. Santi Mintegi, Dr. Camilo E. Gutiérrez and Dr. Guillermo Kohn Loncarica discussed measures that have been taken and will be taken during the COVID-19 pandemic in emergency departments in Spain, Argentina and USA.
Emergency clinician wellbeing during Covid-19
Emergency Medicine Foundation, 1 April 2020
Caring for people with COVID-19: Supporting Australia’s healthcare professionals with continually updated, evidence-based clinical guidelines
Australian National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce
COVID–19 Evidence Service Addressing COVID–19 Face Mask Shortages
Learnly Anesthesia | Stanford AIM Lab COVID-19 Evidence Service Report, 22 March 2020
N95 Mask Decontamination using Standard Hospital Sterilization Technologies
University of Manitobia, 2 April 2020
New website explains how hospitals can decontaminate and reuse scarce N95 masks to fight COVID-19
Stanford News, 1 April 2020
EM:RAP LIVE: COVID-19 Update
7 April 2020
Reviewing the latest literature, give you an update from NYC, explore COVID-19 management in the low resource setting, do a deep dive into permissive hypoxemia, and talk with a modeling expert about the projections and assumptions in the current models
COVID-19 National Grand Rounds
Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, 4 April 2020
Virtual Round table on COVID-19 – Situation report and way forward
Asian Society for Emergency Medicine, 11 April 2020
End-of-life care in the Emergency Department for the patient imminently dying of a highly transmissible acute respiratory infection (such as COVID-19)
Ariel Hendin, Christian G La Rivière, David M Williscroft, Erin O’Connor, Jennifer Hughes, and Lisa M Fischer
Age is just a number – and so is frailty: Strategies to inform resource allocation during the COVID-19 pandemic
Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine
Kevin F. Boreskie, Patrick E. Boreskie and Don Melady
PEMSIG collaboration with the Latin American Pediatric EM Society (SLEPE)
Webinar facilitated by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital discussing the epidemiology and COVID-19 presentation in paediatric patients both in Wuhan, China and in the United States.
Watch webinar in Spanish
University of Rome and Italian PEM Society
During the COVID Pandemic PEMSIG has been present in a number of international Paediatric emergency medicine webinars. The University of Rome with the support of the Italian PEM Society (SIMEUP) hosted an International Conference of COVID-19 in Children.
COVID-19 training videos developed by Dr Adrian Boyle, Cambridge UK
These are local videos from a single hospital and do not represent any IFEM or national emergency medicine body’s policy.
Severity Scoring Tool, instructions and training video
The African Federation for Emergency Medicine has partnered with U.S. based Surgisphere to develop a COVID-19 Severity Scoring Tool. Using advanced machine learning on real data from 13,500 COVID-19 patients, the tool aims to aid frontline clinicians in rapidly determining which patients require respiratory interventions. It is available in paper form and a web-based application, and in English, French and Spanish.
COVID-19 and Persons Experiencing Homelessness or Vulnerable Housing
Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, March 2020
Covid-19: Malaysian 3D printing enthusiasts produce face shields to aid frontliners in fight against pandemic
Qishin Tariq, TheStar, 23 March 2020
Epidemiological Characteristics of 2143 Pediatric Patients With 2019 Coronavirus Disease in China
Yuanyuan Dong, Xi Mo, Yabin Hu, Xin Qi, Fang Jiang, Zhongyi Jiang, Shilu Tong, American Academy of Pediatrics, 25 March 2020
COVID-19 Evidence Service | Addressing COVID-19 Face Mask Shortages
Stanford Medicine, March 2020
University of Calgary medical students quadruple province’s COVID-19 contact-tracing capacity
Lucie Edwardson, CBC News, 25 March 2020
The International Emergency Medicine (iEM) Education Project
iEM is international, non-profit project, endorsed by IFEM and supported by Emergency Medicine professionals from all around the world. Currently, there are 177 contributors from 27 countries in the project. It aims to promote Emergency Medicine and provide free, reusable educational content for undergraduate medical students and educators. Although the project focuses mainly on the undergraduate curriculum, we believe learners of all levels (residents and postgraduate trainees in Emergency Medicine) and their educators will benefit from this resource during this challenging period with closures of many universities and educational institutions worldwide.