COVID resources for UK palliative care collated on 21 March 2020
If you are looking for resources to support your palliative care response to COVID-19, I have collated useful resources online for you. This is not an exhaustive list but is selected for important and reliable sources. I have put the UK resources first, and the NICE guidance (first below) is particularly important. International resources are also useful but may be less directly relevant to the UK situation
NICE have released some guidance on critical care including an algorithm on pre- critical care decision-making at www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng159
Hospice UK COVID webpage with collected palliative-specific resources https://www.hospiceuk.org/what-we-offer/clinical-and-care-support/coronavirus-guidance
The Royal College of Physicians are hosting a very useful webpage on Coronavirus in general - not yet with palliative care-specific information, but this may change fast. The general resources are very helpful https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/
There is an excellent guide here to help families, friends, volunteers or generalist clinicians without experience of caring for a person who is dying to support someone dying at home https://helixcentre.com/project-end-of-life-toolkit - free for use, but please acknowledge the Helix Centre working with Central North West London NHS Trust who have developed it
Resources from the Centre to Advance Palliative Care, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, USA. See:
(please bear in mind that medications recommended will vary from UK practice).
Europe resources (mostly in English) collated by the European Association for Palliative Care - including Italian resources which have developed from their direct experience - see:
(again, please bear in mind that medications recommended will vary from UK practice, and the pathways/operational guidance reflect local requirements. But nevertheless very helpful to understand what is needed).
The NEJM provides a collection of free papers regarding COVID epidemic – see https://www.nejm.org/coronavirus?cid=DM88311&bid=165326853