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The rapid development and deployment of a new multidisciplinary CPAP service outside of a critical care environment during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic

Robinson, Ryan, Nightingale, Rebecca, Frost, Freddie, Green, Tom, Jones, Gareth, Nwosu, Nneka, Hampshire, Peter, Brown, Deborah, Beadsworth, Mike, Aston, Stephen, Gillespie, Angela, Clark, Mark, Fletcher, Tom, Haslam, Neil, Burhan, Hassan and Gautam, Manish (2021) 'The rapid development and deployment of a new multidisciplinary CPAP service outside of a critical care environment during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic'. Future Healthcare Journal, Vol 8, Issue 1, e156-e159.

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a dramatic increase in patients presenting with type 1 respiratory failure. In order to protect our limited critical care capacity, we rapidly developed a new ward-based inpatient continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) service with direct input from the respiratory, infectious diseases and critical care teams. Close collaboration between these specialties and new innovative solutions were required to facilitate this. CPAP equipment (normally reserved for domiciliary care) was adapted to reduce the pressure on our strained oxygen infrastructure. Side rooms on the infectious diseases ward were swiftly converted into new negative pressure areas using temporary installed ventilatory equipment, reducing the viral aerosol risk for staff. Novel patient monitoring solutions were used to protect staff while also ensuring patient safety. Staff training and specialist oversight was organised within days. The resulting service was successful, with over half (17/26 (65%)) of patients avoiding invasive ventilation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > WA 105 Epidemiology
WC Communicable Diseases > Virus Diseases > Viral Respiratory Tract Infections. Respirovirus Infections > WC 505 Viral respiratory tract infections
WF Respiratory System > WF 100 General works
WF Respiratory System > WF 140 Diseases of the respiratory system (General)
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.7861/fhj.2020-0167
Depositing User: Debbie Jenkins
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2021 15:09
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2021 15:10
URI: https://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/17390

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