The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is presenting a range of challenges to healthcare professionals. One of the biggest issues in any rapidly evolving space is the ability to access current and reliable information.
A number of peak Australian health professional groups have collaborated to form the National COVID-19 Clinical Excellence Taskforce. This new taskforce aims to translate emerging research and data into practical, evidence-based guidelines. The first set of national clinical guidelines for the care of people with COVID-19 is now available. These guidelines are referred to as “living guidelines” as they will be continuously revised and updated as new evidence comes to light. Clinicians are encouraged to submit key questions online to notify the taskforce of areas that require further guidance.
This may also be an opportune time for healthcare professionals to refresh their knowledge and understanding of infection control principles. The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare provides a suite of eLearning modules supported by the Infection Prevention and Control Workbook. These modules cover topics such as hand hygiene and the use of personal protective equipment. All content is based upon the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2019). Consistent implementation of these guidelines will improve patient outcomes and ensure a safer environment for all healthcare workers.
- National COVID-19 Clinical Excellence Taskforce. Australian guidelines for the clinical care of people with COVID-19. Melbourne: Australian Living Evidence Consortium; 2020.
- National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare. Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2019). Canberra: Australian Government; 2019.