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IHEEM | An international response
 
Sharing Intelligence, Best Practice & Lessons Learnt                        Issue 1
 
Welcome to our first IHEEM & IFHE EU & Worldwide newsletter.

Pete Sellars, President of IFHE-EU (CEO of IHEEM) and Darryl Pitcher, President of IFHE are working together to develop an online International Covid-19 Hub where, with the support of its global membership, it will gather and share knowledge, experiences and lessons learnt in relation to COVID-19. This fortnightly newsletter aims to provide articles, case-studies and technical perspectives on some of the key challenges that have emerged in the response to the Coronavirus.
 
Pete Sellars said "There is no doubt that it is vitally important that our international healthcare engineering and estates community is able to share its knowledge and experience of COVID-19 and provide support on how best to respond to the challenges it continues to raise."
 
Darryl Pitcher agreed and added "It is our aim to provide wide-reaching support to the thousands of professionals who are working tirelessly in many countries to keep medical staff, patients and themselves safe in these unprecedented times. First and foremost we hope that everyone stays safe and well and that you are able to engage with the support on offer in any way that you are able."
 
Please share the below content with colleagues or anyone who might find it informative or they can sign up here to receive future editions. Further information will be provided as it becomes available via the IHEEM website. In the meantime, if you wish to share your experiences and knowledge please email our dedicated email address internationalcovid19@iheem.org.uk with the details and thank you for your valuable support.
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This document aims to provide a checklist of the key action to take in the context of a continuous hospital emergency preparedness process.

Click here to view the checklist
 
 
 
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The WHO April 2020 Newsletter includes COVID-19 information relating to Technical Guidance, PPE, Medical Equipment and how your Innovations could help this current Pandemic.

Click here to view the full newsletter
 
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AnchorHandbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment
Over the past 50 days, 104 confirmed patients have been admitted to FAHZU, including 78 severe and critically ill ones. Thanks to the pioneering efforts of medical staff and the application of new technologies, to date, we have witnessed a miracle. No staff is infected, and there is no missed diagnosis or patient deaths.

View the full handbook and lessons learned
 
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AnchorNHK World Japan - Fighting a Pandemic
NHK World-Japan is the international service of Japans public broadcaster NHK. This 5 minute long video explains how micro-droplets cause the spread of infection.

Click here to view the video
 
 
 
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Together with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Simula has developed a voluntary app that can reduce the time needed to track the spread of Covid-19. In combination with testing and active measures for new infections, the app will play a key role in controlling transmission and returning Norwegian society to a normal state.

Click here to read the full article


 
 
 
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In response to the rapidly escalating COVID-19 situation, IHEEM has established a COVID-19 Technical Panel.  Led by IHEEMs CEO Pete Sellars with support and co-ordination from Bill Millar, Technical Platform Committee Chair, it is drawing on expertise from across the Institute's broad range of Technical Platform disciplines.

Click here to read more and view the panel
 
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This document has been produced to assist managers and estates teams in the rapid conversion of existing wards into facilities for intubating COVID-19 patients. It contains bed layouts infrastructure prompts and oxygen advice.

Click here to view the full design note
 
 
 
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Fire Risk Assessment: Guidance on completing specific FRA for temporary wards provided for Covid-19 treatment or careTo be used in conjunction with HTM 05-03: Part K

Click here to view this guidance
 
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The temporary hospital at Manchester Central is being put in place to for patients across the North West, including Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and South Cumbria as well as Greater Manchester.

Click here to read the full press release
 
 
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Daniela Pedrini discusses the drastic changes of going from planning the IFHE 2020 Congress to being at the front line of the COVID-19 efforts in Bologna, Italy.

To read her personal experience click here
 
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