The Communicable Diseases Network of Australia has released national guidelines for preventing and managing outbreaks of coronavirus in residential aged care.
The CDNA is a joint initiative of the National Health and Medical Research Council and Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council.
The 48-page document, which was published on Friday afternoon, provides best-practice information for preventing and managing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks in aged care homes.
It was developed in consultation with the aged care sector and noted by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee.
The guide aims to assist public health authorities, residential aged care services, healthcare workers and carers.
The guidelines cover:
- understanding coronavirus including transmission and complications
- preparation for and prevention of an outbreak
- identifying, testing and notifying cases
- responding to suspected and actual outbreaks
- managing and monitoring an outbreak.
The document is adapted from previous work on flu and respiratory illness outbreak management in aged care, and documents and guidelines from Australian health agencies.
It also draws on documents and guidelines from various international health authorities including the World Health Organisation, Centres for Diseases Control and Prevention, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
It captures the knowledge of experienced professionals and provides guidance on good practice based upon the available evidence at the time of completion, the guide says.
The Department of Health is encouraging all providers to use these guidelines in conjunction with existing practices.
Access the CDNA National Guidelines for the Prevention, Control and Public Health Management of COVID-19 Outbreaks in Residential Care Facilities in Australia here.
Up-to-date information about coronavirus (COVID-19) is available on the department’s website.
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