The Irish Thoracic Society COVID-19 sub-group has developed the following Guidelines for Managing Respiratory Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic. These guidelines have been developed based on expert respiratory advice, consultation with specialty and professional groups, national and international best practice and with reference to HSE and HPSC guidance relating to Infection Prevention and Control. These guidelines will be updated as required contingent on substantial change in the extent of community viral transmission. These guidelines do not supersede clinical judgement and should be tailored to local conditions, clinical context and available resources.
The Irish Thoracic Society COVID-19 sub-group was established in March 2020 to develop guidance for the management of respiratory care during the COVID-19 Pandemic. It is made up of senior respiratory clinicians who are members of the Irish Thoracic Society, with broad regional, sub-specialty and institutional representation and external/stakeholder input as required.
Guideline for Managing Respiratory Care: SARS COVID-19 V1 27.03.2020
Addendums to Guidelines for Managing Respiratory Care:
- ITS Prone Positioning of the Conscious Patient with COVID-19 V1 20.04.2020
- HSE Covid-19 Interim Clinical Guidance -VTE protocol and patient information for acute hospitals (CD-120 V1/21.04.20)
ISS ITS Sleep Guideline: COVID-19 V3 15.05.2020
ITS Guideline on Lung Function Testing: SARS COVID-19 V3 21.05.2020
Irish Thoracic Society Bronchoscopy Statement – V1.1 14.05.2020
Other Respiratory Guidelines:
Published by the National Asthma Programme
Published by the Irish Thoracic Society Lung Cancer Sub-committee
Draft – developed by the Irish Thoracic Society, the Irish College of General Practitioners and the HSE – 2008
Published by the British Thoracic Society in collaboration with the Irish Thoracic Society and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand 2008
Published by the Irish Thoracic Society 2005