Category: COVID-19

COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control – Guide for correct sterile surgical gown selection – NSW Health

The Agency for Clinical Innovation and Clinical Excellence Commission have partnered with clinicians to develop a guide to assist health workers to select the most appropriate gown for each surgery or aseptic procedure and minimise the risk of exposure to blood, body and irrigation fluids/substances. This guide is available on the NSW Health website (1). …

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RACS Guidelines on the Preoperative Diagnostic Workup for COVID-19

Guidelines on the “Preoperative Diagnostic Workup for COVID-19” is now available on the RACS website (1). This rapid review aims to evaluate the literature surrounding the clinical, laboratory and radiological methods that can contribute towards the diagnosis of SARS-Cov-2 —for the purpose of producing evidence-based guidance for surgeons in Australia and New Zealand.

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Commonwealth Coronavirus Elective Surgery Surveillance Program

RNSH is one of the hospitals which will be participating in the Commonwealth Coronavirus Elective Surgery Surveillance Program (1,2). All adult (>18yo) patients, having an elective procedure under general anaesthesia will be asked to participate. The study involves the collection of nasal swabs and blood samples which will be tested for current or past COVID-19 …

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PPE Training for Surgical Staff @ RNSH

All surgical staff should be familiar with the RNSH COVID-19 Precautions for Surgery document. The most recent version of which is available on the hospital Intranet.

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Cardiovascular Disease and COVID-19 Mortality – Consensus Statement

A consensus statement, endorsed by the CSANZ, ANZSCTS, National Heart Foundation (NHF), and the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia (HBPRCA) includes recommendations related to the care of patients with cardiovascular disease and  COVID-19 infection (1)  [see Link]. They conclude that:

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RNSH COVID-19 Technical Guidance on Minimally Invasive Surgery

This document provides guidance on the management of minimally invasive surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is current as of the 31st March 2020 [See LINK].