This page contains evidence-based resources to support the clinical treatment and public health management of COVID-19:
Evidence-based Synthesis Resources - Systematic & Rapid Reviews
Diagnosis & Treatment: Point of Care Information| Management: Prevention & Control, Screening & Testing, Reporting
Policy Predictors & Trackers | Policy | Resourcing | Professional Development - Learning and Training Resources
Quick ICU Training for COVID-19: Quick reference & study guide for non-intensive care clinicians who are working in ICU settings
For Canadian physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other health professionals who need to upskill, renew, or review critical care knowledge due to COVID-19. Training resource includes quick reference cards, short lectures, videos, and more.
Topics covered: airway, breathing, circulation, disability/sedation, PPE, general ICU care, pandemic triage guidelines.
(Created by clinicians, educators, and scientists from the University of Toronto, McMaster University, University of Ottawa, Unity Health Toronto, Sinai Health System, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Updated regularly).
Click the different tabs to see key links to various resources for screening, acute, palliative, and longterm care settings, using PPE, telemedicine, ethics, and more.
Infection Prevention and Control Hubs
Hospital readiness checklist for COVID-19
NIH COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines
These Treatment Guidelines have been developed to inform clinicians how to care for patients with COVID-19. Guidelines will be updated frequently as published data and other authoritative information becomes available. Subject areas include: overview, critical care, antiviral therapy, immune-based therapy, antithrombotic therapy, and concomitant medications.
Extended dose intervals for COVID-19 vaccines to optimize early vaccine rollout and population protection in Canada in the context of limited vaccine supply (Apr 7, 2021)
Summary of updated vaccine statement (Mar 16, 2021) | Recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccines (Mar 16, 2021)
Guidance on the prioritization of key populations for COVID-19 immunization (Feb 12, 2021)
To prevent asymptomatic individuals from unknowingly spreading COVID-19covid 19 in the workplace. Currently, any organization permitted to open under the Reopening Ontario Act and where individuals must be physically present on site may be eligible to participate in the program.
(Infographic used with permission).
COVID-19: Guidance for the Health Sector
Collection of healthcare guidance resources on topics such as operational requirements, hospice care, paramedic services, visitors to long-term care homes, screening and testing, mental health, and religious services, among others. Last updated Oct 9, 2020.
COVID-19: Infection Prevention and Control Checklist for Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes
Created on April 29, 2020, this checklist was created for individuals trained or working under those trained in infection prevention and control (IPAC) in conducting IPAC assessments related to COVID-19 in long-term care and retirement
homes. It can be used during in-person or virtual visits to provide advice on preparedness and management
of COVID-19. It can also be used by those working in or supporting long-term care or retirement homes
for self-assessment and to guide policies, procedures, preparedness and response planning.
COVID-19: visiting long-term care homes
This COVID-19 Visiting Policy (policy) is provided to support homes in implementing the requirements in Directive #3 to safely receive visitors while protecting residents, staff and visitors from the risk of COVID-19. This policy is effective Oct 7, 2020.
Long Term Care Facilities & Assisted Living
Provided by the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, this site offers guidance for long-term care facilities including use of personal protective equipment, screening for symptoms, visitors, cleaning and transfers.
Guidelines on limiting interactions between patients/residents, families and visitors, as well as physicians and staff providing their care.
Infection Prevention and Control for COVID-19: Interim Guidance for Long Term Care Homes
A comprehensive document that covers infection prevention and control in long-term care homes (LTCH) during the COVID-19 crisis. Topics include screening, resident care and infection control methods, outbreak management and handling lab specimens. Last updated April 8, will be updated as needed.
Using Ventilation and filtration to reduce aerosol transmission of COVID-19 in long-term care homes
The recommendations are intended for long-term care homes (LTCH) managers and maintenance personnel. The content may be adapted to other settings as appropriate (i.e., retirement homes, elder lodges).
Preparing for COVID-19: Long-term Care Facilities, Nursing Homes
Created by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), this website offers information on topics including: interim guidance for nursing homes
things facilities should do now, and when there are cases in the community.
Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Tool for Nursing Homes Preparing for COVID-19
Created by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and designed for nursing homes, long term care homes and health departments, this assessment tool is intended to help these institutions to prepare a response plan for COVID-19. Some of the areas covered in the ICAR (Infection Control Assessment and Response) include visitor restriction, education, monitoring, and screening of residents, ensuring availability of PPE and other supplies, and more.
The Hastings Center has assembled ethics resources for responding to novel coronavirus Covid-19. They are updating this hub throughout the crisis.
From the WHO Global Health Ethics. Includes statements by national ethics committees, international organizations, and professional organizations.
Includes articles, podcasts, webinars, and other resources.
COVID-19 FAQS for Physicians (Last updated Sept 23, 2021)
Contains FAQs regarding pandemic-related practice issues:
Joule (CMA) clinical practice guidelines search results for MeSH COVID-19, aggregates results from various Canadian professional medical associations
A Physician's Guide to COVID-19 is compiled from CDC, JAMA and WHO resources. Topics include:
Index of clinical guidelines posted on MedScape, from a variety of sources including government bodies and professional organizations. Topics include:
IHI has cultivated a list of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) guidance and resources. Topic sections include:
Rapid responses, reports, and other guidance from CADTH and other health organizations on topics such as:
Essential Evidence Plus COVID-19 Research Briefs, created by the CMA/Joule team. They are working closely with Dr. Mark Ebell, Editor-in-Chief of EE+ and the team at Wiley Publishing to share current research summaries with physicians.
Health Canada toolkit: COVID-19 and substance use
Provides information to support health care providers to understand their options in providing care for their patients who use drugs during the pandemic.
Remdesivir authorized with conditions for the treatment of patients in Canada with severe COVID-19 symptoms - The Government of Canada has issued an advisory as of July 28, 2020 that Health Canada has approved of the drug remdesivir to be used as a method of treatment for patients who have "severe symptoms of COVID-19 who have pneumonia and require extra oxygen to help them breathe".
The Government of Canada's national economic response plan on supporting Canadians, businesses, industries, organizations, and for provinces and territories.
An online tool capable of estimating the maximum daily number of incident COVID-19 cases that a healthcare system could manage based on:
(See instructions on how to use the CAIC-RT)
Developed by Vasily Giannakeas, MPH (Women's College Research Institute, Women's College Hospital), Deepit Bhatia, MPH (Dalla Lana School of Public Healthh, University of Toronto), Matthew T. Warkentin, MSc (Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health System), Isaac I. Bogoch, MD (Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto), and Nathan M. Stall, MD (Divisions of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Sinai Health System)
Henry Stewart Talks Ltd (HSTalks) is a leading provider of specially prepared, animated, online, audio-visual lectures, seminar-style talks and case studies for medical schools, business schools universities and commercial enterprises in over 60 countries around the world.
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