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COVID-19 Resources

As part of our continued support of high quality palliative care within the Mississauga Halton LHIN we want to ensure that our patients, caregivers and healthcare partners feel supported during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that you find the following resources and links valuable during this unprecedented time.

 

Please note, due to the rapidly changing nature of this information, we will do our best to keep this information current.

 

Additional Useful Websites

Government of Canada COVID-19 Info Page

Government of Ontario COVID-19 Info Page

Halton Healthcare COVID-19 Info and Updates (Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, Milton District Hospital, Georgetown Hospital)

Trillium Health Partners the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga Hospital, Queensway Health Centre) 

Halton Region Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Peel Region Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Canadian Virtual Hospice COVID-19 Resources

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario's free, confidential stress, grief and bereavement support line 1‐866‐485‐4204 Toll Free (7 days a week ‐ 7 AM TO 10 PM)

 

For Physicians & Healthcare Providers

In addition to resources listed below we encourage physicians to review the Academic Detailing: The Palliative Approach to Care in the Mississauga Halton LHIN. Developed by the Mississauga Halton Palliative Care Network, this resource brings together into one document palliative care best practices and local resources. Clinical tools referenced in this document can be found here.

 

We also encourage physicians and healthcare providers to take advantage of free access to two COVID-specific Palliative Care modules developed by Pallium Canada.  These online sessions can be found here www.pallium.ca/course/covid-19-response-free-online-modules 

 

General Information

Mississauga Halton Palliative Care Network Recommendations for Palliative Care Services in Hospital, Palliative Care Units, Residential Hospice, Long Term Care, Retirement Homes and Community during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Ontario Palliative Care Network: Planning for Palliative Care Delivery during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Ontario Palliative Care Network: Palliative Care Resources to Support Frontline Providers during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Ontario Palliative Care Network: Toolkit for Providing Palliative and End of Life Care for Residents in Long-Term Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Ontario Health-Cancer Care Ontario: Pandemic Planning Clinical Guideline for Patients with Cancer

Ontario Health-Cancer Care Ontario: COVID-19 Tip Sheet for Cancer Programs

Pallium Canada COVID-19 relevant webinar series (recorded)

 

Personal Protective Equipment

Pallium Canada Webinar (recorded) - PPE in the Home

McMaster University Family Medicine - How to Conduct a Safe Home Visit

National Ebola Training & Education Center - PPE for COVID-19

 

Clinical Tools

Below are only a few clinical tools commonly used when treating patients with palliative care needs. To see more, please visit the Clinical Tools page of our site - click here

Early Identification and Prognostic Indicator Guide

Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS)

Palliative Care Toolbox

Palliative Performance Scale (PPS)

 

Goals of Care Discussions

OPCN - Approaches to Goals of Care Discussions

OPCN - Person-Centred Decision-Making: Resource for healthcare providers

Pallium Canada - Discussing Illness During a Pandemic

Providence Health Care - Serious Illness Conversations with COVID-19 Patients (Video)

VITALtalk - COVID Ready Communication Playbook

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario SpeakUp Ontario - COVID-19 Specific Resources for Health Care Providers

 

Symptom Management

OPCN Symptom Management for Adult Patients with COVID-19

Cancer Care Ontario - Managing Symptoms, Side Effects & Well-Being

BC Centre for Palliative Care - Symptom Management Guidelines for End of Life Care of People with COVID-19

 

End-of-Life Care

OPCN Managing Expected Death in the Home During COVID-19

OPCN End-of-Life Symptom Management for COVID-19

OPCN Palliative Sedation Therapy during COVID-19

McMaster University - Continuous Palliative Sedation Therapy Protocol for COVID-19 Pandemic

End-of-Life Care in the Emergency Department for the patient imminently dying of a highly transmissible acute respiratory infection

Symptom management for adult patients with COVID-19 receiving end of life supportive care outside of the ICU

Pallium Canada Webinar (recorded) - End-of-Life Care in the ED for the patient imminently dying of a highly transmissible ARI

When Your Loved One is Dying at Home

When your Loved One is Dying in LTC

 

Self Care

OPCN Grief and Bereavement Resources for Healthcare Professionals During and Following COVID-19