Use of Contact Tracing Apps to Contain COVID-19

The urgency of limiting the spread of COVID-19 remains a significant challenge for many jurisdictions across Canada. The utilization of contact tracing apps is being explored as a public health tool in order to help prevent further spread of the disease by tracking those who have been confirmed or assessed as likely to be carriers […]

Quick Start: Mobile COVID-19 Testing in Industry

These citations related to mobile testing in industry are intended to provide a preliminary quick start to more comprehensive searching or to help frame questions or issues. If you’d like to know more, please contact CADTH via our email address or our requests page. Link to Report Quick Start: Mobile COVID-19 Testing in Industry

Canada

Government of Canada — COVID-19 Guidance Documents

Government of Canada — Awareness Resources

Public Health Agency of Canada — Information on COVID-19

Public Health Agency of Canada — Information on COVID-19 for Health Professionals

British Columbia

Government of British Columbia — Information on COVID-19 BC Centre for Disease Control — Information on COVID-19 BC Centre for Disease Control — Information on COVID-19 for Health Care Professionals and Public Health Partners

What You Should Know About Drug Treatments for COVID-19

CADTH created this handout, intended for the general public, explaining the risks of using unproven drug treatments for COVID-19. The handout also provides information on what to do if someone is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, tips on how to assess the reliability of health information found on the internet, and a list of reliable websites that […]

Alberta

Government of Alberta — Information on COVID-19 Alberta Health Services — Information on COVID-19 for Alberta Health Services Staff and Health Professionals Alberta Health Services — Scientific Advisory Group COVID-19 Recommendations

Saskatchewan

Government of Saskatchewan — Information on COVID-19 Government of Saskatchewan — Information on COVID-19 for Health Care Providers

Methoxyflurane for Acute Pain: Clinical Effectiveness

CADTH conducted a Rapid Response report to search for evidence on the comparative clinical effectiveness of methoxyflurane versus inhaled nitrous oxide for acute pain, as well as the clinical effectiveness of methoxyflurane for acute pain in pre-hospital or emergency department settings. One systematic review was identified; however, it has not been critically appraised by CADTH. […]

Manitoba

Government of Manitoba — Information on COVID-19 Shared Health Manitoba — COVID-19 Resources for Provincial Health Care Providers and Staff

Ontario

Government of Ontario — Information on COVID-19 Ontario Ministry of Health and Ministry of Long-Term Care — COVID-19 Guidance for the Province’s Health Sector Ontario Health — COVID-19 Health System Response Materials

Quebec

Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services — Information on COVID-19 (in French) Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services — COVID-19 Clinical Guidelines (in French)

Nova Scotia

Government of Nova Scotia — Government’s Response to COVID-19 Nova Scotia Health Authority — Updates for Physicians and Nova Scotia Health Authority Staff

Reusing Metered Dose Inhalers in a Health Care Setting: Clinical Effectiveness, Cost-Effectiveness, and Guidelines

CADTH searched for evidence on the safety and cost-effectiveness of re-using the canister portion of metered dose inhalers (MDIs) across multiple patients in a health care setting. CADTH also searched for any evidence-based guidelines on the topic. Three non-randomized studies were identified regarding the safety of reusing the canister portion of MDIs and they are […]

New Brunswick

Government of New Brunswick — Information on COVID-19 New Brunswick Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health — Information for Health and Allied Health Professionals

Prince Edward Island

Government of Prince Edward Island — Information on COVID-19 Government of Prince Edward Island — Information on COVID-19 for Health Care Workers

Northwest Territories

Government of Northwest Territories — Response to COVID-19 Government of Northwest Territories — Information on COVID-19 for Health and Social Services Professionals

Yukon

Government of Yukon — Information on COVID-19 Government of Yukon — Information on COVID-19 for Health Professionals

Personal Protective Equipment for Endoscopy or General Surgery in Patients with Respiratory Infections: Guidelines

CADTH conducted a Rapid Response Report to search for evidence-based guidelines regarding the use of personal protective equipment during endoscopy or general surgery procedures for patients who may have respiratory infections such as COVID-19. Two evidence-based guidelines were identified, with one specifically providing guidance on surgical care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Link to Report Personal […]

Convalescent Plasma Therapy for the Treatment of COVID-19: Clinical Effectiveness

CADTH performed a literature search to find evidence on the clinical effectiveness of convalescent plasma therapy for the treatment of COVID-19. Two non-randomized studies were identified and their abstracts (as well as the links to the full publications) are included in this report; however, CADTH has not critically appraised these studies. Additional information of potential […]

Pulse Oximetry Monitoring in Patients at Risk of Hypoxia: An Ultra-Rapid Review of Clinical Utility and Guidelines

CADTH conducted an ultra-rapid response report to evaluate the clinical utility of pulse oximetry monitoring (including portable pulse oximetry devices) for patients at risk of hypoxia (oxygen deficiency) due to COVID-19. CADTH’s review also searched for any evidence-based guidelines. No evidence specific to COVID-19 was identified; however, four non-randomized studies of patients at risk of […]

Dialysis Modalities for the Treatment of End-Stage Kidney Disease

This summary tool provides an overview of the key findings of a CADTH review of dialysis modalities for the treatment of end-stage kidney disease. The review found that home-based dialysis modalities appear to offer clinical benefits similar to those offered by in-centre hemodialysis. Based on this review, self-care home-based dialysis is recommended for eligible patients. […]

Managed Alcohol Programs for Adults With SARS or COVID-19: Safety and Guidelines

CADTH conducted a Rapid Response report to search for evidence on managed alcohol programs for adults with severe acute respiratory syndrome or COVID-19. CADTH also searched for any evidence-based guidelines on these topics; however, no relevant literature and no evidence-based guidelines were identified. Additional resources of potential interest can be found in an appendix to […]

Disposable Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Devices for Respiratory Distress: Clinical Effectiveness and Guidelines

CADTH conducted a Rapid Response search for evidence on the effectiveness of disposable continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices compared with mechanical CPAP devices for patients in respiratory distress. One non-randomized study was found. This information might be of interest to health care decision-makers when considering the use of CPAP in the treatment of COVID-19. […]

Impact of substituting Coumadin lab test results

INESSS’s Position (07-05-2020) Based on the scientific literature available when preparing the report and on the various consultations carried out, and despite a very quick review process, INESSS finds that: There should not be any particular clinical issues in substituting Coumadin® with a generic version of warfarin. Section 21 of the Pharmacy Act shall apply. […]

Infrared Temperature Devices for Infectious Disease Screening During Outbreaks: Overview of an ECRI Evidence Assessment

CADTH conducted a Focused Critical Appraisal examining the methodology, scientific rigour, and findings of the ECRI Clinical Evidence Assessment on infrared temperature devices for infectious disease screening during outbreaks. Overall, at the time of the review, there was insufficient evidence to suggest that non-contact infrared temperature screening is effective for detecting infected individuals. Link to […]

Quick Start: Simulators for Expansion of Acute Care for COVID-19

These citations related to simulators for the expansion of acute care for COVID-19 are intended to provide a preliminary quick start to enable more comprehensive searching or to help frame questions or issues. If you’d like to know more, please contact CADTH by email or our requests page. Link to Report Quick Start: Simulators for […]

Medication Administration via Multi-Dose Inhalers and Aerochambers Versus Nebulizers: Clinical Effectiveness

CADTH conducted a Rapid Response report to search for evidence regarding the clinical effectiveness of medication administration via multi-dose inhalers compared to nebulizers. This report may be of interest to health care professionals treating patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as the CADTH report found studies with patients experiencing these conditions. Link to […]

Resumption of elective health services amid COVID-19

CADTH has prepared a briefing note that describes the challenges health systems face in making decisions about resuming elective procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic, summarizes some recent guidance on service resumption, and discusses potential implications and long-term considerations for these choices. Link to Report Resumption of elective health services amid COVID-19

Testing for COVID-19 in Correctional Facilities: Clinical Effectiveness and Guidelines

CADTH conducted a Rapid Response report to search for evidence on the clinical effectiveness of COVID-19 testing for all new admissions to correctional facilities, as well as the clinical effectiveness of mass testing (i.e., testing everyone within the correctional facility for COVID-19). CADTH also searched for any evidence-based guidelines on these topics. However, no relevant […]

Quick Start: Re-establishing Health Services in Indigenous Communities

These citations related to re-establishing health services in indigenous communities are intended to provide a preliminary quick start to more comprehensive searching or to help frame questions or issues. If you’d like to know more, please contact CADTH via our email address or our requests page. Link to Report Quick Start: Re-establishing Health Services in […]

Quick Start: Moral Distress in Health Care Workers

These citations related to moral distress in health care workers are intended to provide a preliminary quick start to more comprehensive searching or to help frame questions or issues. If you’d like to know more, please contact CADTH via our email address or our requests page Link to Report Quick Start: Moral Distress in Health […]

Contact Tracing for Potential Exposure to SARS-CoV-2 Virus: Guidelines

CADTH conducted a Rapid Response search for evidence-based guidelines regarding contact tracing for people who have been in contact with a person with a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). No relevant evidence-based guidelines were identified; therefore, no conclusions can be drawn. Note that a list of potentially relevant citations can be […]

Isolation Measures to Prevent COVID-19 Transmission: Clinical Evidence and Guidelines

This Rapid Response review aimed to identify available clinical evidence and evidence-based guidelines regarding home or community isolation for the prevention of COVID-19. The review did not identify any clinical evidence or evidence-based guidelines on this topic. Therefore, no conclusions can be drawn based on this review. The report includes other references of potential interest. […]