COVID related clinical resource
Dr Julie Reeve, from AUT’s physiotherapy school has sent through very helpful guidelines for the physiotherapy management of patients affected by COVID 19. The full document is here.
Many thanks to Physiotherapy New Zealand’s Cardio Respiratory Special Interest Group for identifying the following resources.Physiotherapy Management for COVID-19 in the Acute Hospital Setting
This document outlines recommendations for physiotherapy management for COVID-19 in the acute hospital setting. It includes recommendations for physiotherapy workforce planning and preparation, a screening tool for determining requirement of physiotherapy, recommendations for the selection of physiotherapy treatments and personal protective equipment
Respiratory physiotherapy in patients with COVID-19 infection in acute setting: Italian Respiratory Physiotherapists
Consensus between Italian Physiotherapists with specific expertise in respiratory care working with COVID 19 patients in the north of Italy.
Joint statement on the role of respiratory rehabilitation in the COVID 19 crisis– the Italian position paper
Open access online cardiorespiratory physiotherapy courses
The Coronavirus Disease Programme is a four part course hosted by Physiopedia and is free to sign up and access for a month.
1. Introduction to Coronovirus
2. Infection prevention and control
3.The role of physiotherapy in COVID-19 and
4.Respiratory management of people with COVID-19.
NSW Physiotherapy Virtual Cardiorespiratory ICU Update with focus on physiotherapy in COVID 19 cases is a two day recorded audio with powerpoint and course resources
The purpose is to provide physiotherapy staff with an update in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy practice for intensive care, and planning for potential roles of physiotherapy in the management of COVID-19 patients in this environment.
This two day virtual training course provides a refresher and update for physiotherapy staff working in ICUs with increasing cases of COVID-19 and ventilated patients. This course combines key topics from the APA Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Level 2 – ICU course and incorporates COVID19 respiratory management based on The Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) COVID-19 Guidelines and COVID 19: Respiratory Physiotherapy On Call Information and Guidance from NHS.
Training is best suited to base-mid grade physiotherapists who have prior skills and experience in Intensive Care Units / High Dependency Unit
The Clinical Skills Development Service is committed to healthcare improvement through training, collaboration and innovation. It has a number of free online cardiorespiratory physiotherapy courses (as well as other physiotherapy courses)
Physiotherapy and Critical Care Management is a course run by the Clinical Skills Development Service and is suited to those with a respiratory skill set.
PaCCMan contributes to the learning and development of physiotherapists for work in the intensive care environment and expands their knowledge of contemporary, safe clinical practice. It includes practical sessions on assessment and clinical skills, as well as simulated experiences in providing respiratory care and rehabilitation.
New Zealand Specific COVID 19 resources
Keep up to date with the latest information from the Ministry of Health and review the information around PPE to familiarise yourself see below.