Credit: ICU footage in this video is courtesy of Western Sydney Local Health District
The clinical community of practice and the State
Health Emergency Operations Centre (SHEOC) have been working hard to ensure
Intensive Care Units (ICU) are ready for what lays ahead during the COVID-19
From PPE, to ventilator availability and triage
protocols, all necessary processes and provisions have been put in place to
ensure NSW is ready for the months ahead.
Director, Intensive Care NSW and Clinical advisor to Intensive Care Operations
Team in SHEOC, Dr Nhi Nguyen and her colleagues have been at the forefront of
the COVID-19 planning.
the COVID curve through physical distancing, quarantine and contact tracing has
meant that ICU teams have had much-needed time to prepare.
Evidence-based guidelines for ICU response to COVID-19
have been developed, additional ventilators and other vital medical equipment
sourced, telehealth options for tertiary ICUs to support rural and remote
communities have been explored, best PPE practice has been embedded, and
localised management plans have been developed. The short break in elective
surgery also provided an opportunity for sharing of knowledge between
anaesthetic nurses and intensive care nurses about anaesthetic ventilators
which may be needed to be used for intensive care patients if there was
We’d also like to extend a special thanks to all
the additional staff who have been trained to ensure an alternative workforce
is available if needed!
COVID-19 Intensive Care Guidelines have been
developed and are available on the NSW Health Communities of practice.
Aim of the clinical community of practice
The aim of these session is to bring together a group of clinicians who share a common interest and expertise to network, share and improve knowledge about respiratory pandemic preparedness.
ICNSW will provide an opportunity for sharing of ideas, strategies, local solutions and concerns with respect to COVID-19 pandemic preparedness.
To provide an environment to safely discuss issues which are actually or potentially affecting intensive care clinicians.
There is an opportunity for intensive care clinicians to raise concerns to ICNSW, who will provide feedback to the appropriate branch of Ministry of Health for consideration and action where required.
- Dr Nhi Nguyen (Adult), A/Director, Intensive Care NSW
- Dr Marino Festa (Paed), Clinical Program Director Critical Care, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network
This community of practice scope is not
A group which is able to endorse state wide changes or make decisions that impacts a unit or system or allocate funding to recommendations.
This community of practice is open to all senior intensive care clinicians and those working in or with intensive care.
Ministry of Health representatives may be invited depending on the information required from the community of practice.
Frequency of the community of practice
Fortnightly basis on a Tuesday from 9am-10am via Skype for business, number will be attached to the calendar invite.
If you would like to join the community please contact Kerrie.Martin2@health.nsw.gov.au.
Guidelines and resources