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IHEEM | An international response
 
Sharing Intelligence, Best Practice & Lessons Learnt                        Issue 2
 
Welcome to our second IHEEM & IFHE EU & Worldwide newsletter.

Welcome to the second edition of the Worldwide Update newsletter brought to you jointly by IHEEM, IFHE and IFHE-EU. I hope that you found the first newsletter helpful.The feedback we have received has been extremely positive and clearly illustrates the commitment from across the global efm healthcare community to support and share information and experiences during this extraordinary and uncertain time.

In this edition you will find articles covering a wide range of topics including the spread of disease in large spaces and water safety guidance, I would also like to draw your attention to two specific items that IHEEM have been working on over the last few days: Firstly, you will find a link to the recently developed IHEEM Medical Gas Oxygen COVID-19 Demand tool which allows users to understand their current base oxygen flows and calculate planned oxygen demands to support various COVID-19 care scenarios. This can be used alongside the IHEEM Management and Tracking Medical Gas Cylinder Tool which is also provided in this newsletter. Secondly, our newly formed IHEEM COVID-19 Technical Panel have produced the first IHEEM Fact Sheet on Reprocessing of PPE. I am sure this will be the first in a series of factsheets we will provide in relation to key topics impacted by COVID-19.

Stay safe and thank you for your help and support.
Pete Sellars, IHEEM CEO

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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See all technical guidance provided by WHO in response to Covid-19, including Critical Preparedness and Infection Prevention and Control.

Click here to view the information
 
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See message from Darryl Pitcher, IFHE president, detailing the request to establish a number of international teams of volunteers with a background in hospital engineering and design, willing to work in conjunction with WHO, to implement solutions around the world in response to managing COVID-19.

Click here to read the letter

Please address any responses to: internationalcovid19@iheem.org.uk
 
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The newly formed COVID-19 Technical Panel has created this fact sheet outlining considerations in the reprocessing of PPE (Respirators).

Click here to view the document
 
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IHEEM have developed a tool to assist Hospitals to understand their current base oxygen flows and understand planned oxygen demands to support various COVID-19 care scenarios. The tool uses recommended diversified flow levels for COVID-19 areas as defined by the Critical Care National Medical Director for England. These flows rates can be modified to be used worldwide to support different national standards. It can also be easily adapted to support alternative COVID-19 care models.

Click here to use the tool

Click here to view some helpful instructions on using the tool
 
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IHEEM have developed a Medical Gas Cylinder Monitor tool. This has been designed to allow for monitoring and analysis of a hospitals cylinder gas usage at sites where automated management software is not available. The tool allows the user to check the current stock levels and to set thresholds for the minimum number of each cylinder type required. Plus, week-on-week usage based on the increased COVID-19 requirements.

Click here to use the tool

Click here to read instructions on how to use the tool
 
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Professor Alan Short, The Professor of Architecture at the University of Cambridge, has been advising the Indian authorities on the adaptation of huge marriage halls. There are some important principles to significantly reduce the threat to nurses and healthcare workers.

Watch this video supporting their findings
 
 
The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases ESGLI guidance for keeping building water systems (including healthcare) safe during the time of COVID-19 is now available on the ESGLI website.
 
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BESA's Chief Executive, David Frise, sets out how he's working with industry to provide essential frontline estates staff to help in managing COVID-19.

Click here to find out more
 
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We recognise that this is a confusing time for the younger members of the family, this nurse dotty book may help them to understand the current climate a bit better.

Click here to read the book
 
 
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