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COVID-19 Information and Resources [Updated May 12, 2020]

The Dysphagia Research Society is a multidisciplinary society of researchers and clinicians (speech-language pathologists, swallowing scientists, physicians, engineers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dietitians and others) with expertise in swallowing disorders (dysphagia). DRS is organized exclusively for scientific, charitable, and educational purposes. The main purposes of the society are to enhance and encourage interdisciplinary research pertinent to normal and disordered swallowing, and to promote the dissemination of this knowledge into clinical practice. 

COVID-19 Pandemic Response: The world is facing a challenge of enormous magnitude, with the spread of COIVD-19. With the rapidly changing situation, there is a lot we still need to learn about the management of patients with dysphagia during and post COVID-19 infection. We realize how difficult it is for healthcare providers to remain updated with current scientific evidence and credible clinical resources during this global health crisis and we want to support you during this difficult time. In response, DRS has created a DRS COVID-19 TASK FORCE to address these concerns and pressing needs.

 DRS COVID-19 TASK FORCE

A multidisciplinary taskforce of international academic and healthcare professionals with expertise in
Speech-Language Pathology, Otolaryngology, Gastroenterology, Critical/Intensive Care, Infectious Diseases and Respiratory Care.

Co-chairs of the DRS COVID-19 Taskforce  
Anna Miles  PhD   a.miles@auckland.ac.nz   
Rinki Varindani Desai  MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS, CDP  rdesai@umc.edu 

Members of the DRS COVID-19 Taskforce

Susan Langmore PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Nadine Connor PhD, CCC-SLP

Martin Brodsky PhD, ScM, CCC-SLP

Georgia Malandraki PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Tim McCulloch MD, FACS

Sudarshan Jadcherla MD, DCH, FRCP (Irel), AGAF

Kendrea L. (Focht) Garand PhD, CScD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CBIS, CCRE

Jacqui Allen MBChB, FRACS

Joe Murray PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Luis Riquelme PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Mike Pulia MD, MS

Mark Moss MD


DRS COVID-19 TASK FORCE MISSION
  • To disseminate credible research and educational resources related to dysphagia management during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • To provide ongoing support to members (clinicians, researchers and educators) through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The DRS COVID-19 Task Force has put together this resource page of credible sources related to COVID-19 research and clinical educational/practice  materials. The resource will be regularly updated as new information becomes available. The DRS COVID-19 Resource Page  includes research, clinical resources and professional development opportunities, links to professional association recommendations, as well as funding opportunities. We will continue to provide education, communication and research updates that will be complementary and integrated with national and global efforts and guidelines.


DRS STATEMENT ON AEROSOL GENERATING PROCEDURES (AGPS)

In response to members’ concerns and requests for support related to oropharyngeal dysphagia management and aerosol generating procedures (AGPs), the DRS COVID-19 Task Force has created the following document: DRS Statement of COVID-19 Risk Assessment for Dysphagia Interventions and Aerosol Generating Procedures (Click here to view statement)

Please email the DRS COVID-19 Taskforce Co-Chairs with questions and/or suggestions . Further, please let us know if you have found any additional resources not yet posted. Our aim is to support the safety of our members and to ensure the best care for patients with dysphagia around the world.

Co-chairs of the DRS COVID-19 Taskforce
Anna Miles PhD a.miles@auckland.ac.nz Rinki Varindani Desai M.S.,CCC-SLP, CBIS, CDP rdesai@umc.edu

DISCLAIMER: To the best of the Dysphagia Research Society (DRS) and DRS COVID-19 Task Force’s knowledge, the information presented below is valid and accurate at the time of publication. DRS expressly disclaims any liability (including liability for negligence) with respect to the use of the information provided. DRS recommends you seek independent professional advice prior to making any decision involving matters outlined in this resource page. The implementation and use of these resources will vary, based on location, spread of COVID-19, facility and setting. These resources are meant to serve as an informational resource to help guide service delivery related to dysphagia management, during the COVID-19 pandemic.


COVID-19 RESOURCE LIST

(Updated May 4, 2020)

GLOBAL ASSOCIATION GUIDELINES PERTAINING TO DYSPHAGIA MANAGEMENT
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Resource Page (link)
  • American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Page for Healthcare SLP Service
    Delivery during COVID-19 (link)

  • British Laryngology Association (link)
  • European Society of Swallowing Disorders (ESSD) COVID-19 page (link)
  • Ireland Association of Speech Language Therapists (IASLT) Guidelines (link)
  • Japanese Society of Dysphagia Rehabilitation (link)
  • Dutch Association for Logopedics and Phoniatrics (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Logopedie en Foniatrie: NVLF) (link) and NVLF COVID-19 Fact Sheet
  • New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists' Association (NZSTA) Guidelines (link)
  • Royal College of Speech Language Therapy (RCSLT) Guidelines (link)
  • Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) Guidelines (link)
  • Speech and Audiology Canada (SAC) Guidelines (link)
  • Royal Belgian Society for ENT-HNS (link)

 

DYSPHAGIA-SPECIFIC RESOURCES RELATED TO AEROSOL GENERATING PROCEDURES (AGPs), PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) AND INFECTION CONTROL DURING COVID-19


  • DRS Statement on AGPs (link)
  • ASHA guidance on SLP Aerosol Generating Procedures (link)
  • RCSLT Report on Aerosol Generating Procedures (link)
  • RCSLT guidance on PPE (link)
  • SLP-specific Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Recommendations (link)
  • Speech Pathology Australia Service Delivery and Infection Control Guidelines (link)
  • CDC Recommendations for Infection Prevention and Control during COVID-19 (link)


TELEHEALTH / TELEPRACTICE RESOURCES


  • ASHA Telepractice during COVID-19 Resource Page (link) Important note for clinicians providing telehealth within the United States: Please be sure to read all regulations, requirements, legal and practical considerations, as well as payment and coverage considerations on the ASHA resource page, to ensure that dysphagia services provided via telehealth are appropriate and will be reimbursed. This will differ for Medicare, Medicaid (state-by-state) and commercial insurance beneficiaries. Clinicians are advised to inquire about these issues in close collaboration with their respective risk management, authorization and billing departments.

  • Speech Pathology Australia Telepractice Training and Webisodes (link

  • Purdue I-EaT Research Lab’s Telehealth Recommendations for Dysphagia Management (link)

  • Purdue I-EaT Research Lab’s Telehealth References for Dysphagia Management (link)

  • RCSLT Telehealth Guidance (link)

  • NZ Telehealth Resource Centre https://www.telehealth.org.nz/

  • SAC COVID-19 Telehealth Resource Page (link)

  • ASHA webinar on Telepractice and Dysphagia Management (link)


RESEARCH RESOURCES


COVID-19-related Research Funding Opportunities 

Journal Articles
Research published related to COVID-19, especially scientific evidence pertaining to dysphagia management and rehabilitation is growing gradually. The DRS COVID-19 Task Force has put together this resource of credible sources related to COVID-19 research. These resources will be updated regularly to allow members to remain well-informed.


GENERAL RESEARCH AND INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES RELATED TO COVID-19
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Information for Healthcare Professionals related to COVID-19 (link)

  • World health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 Resource Page (link)

  • NIH National Library of Medicine LitCovid - a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus (link)

  • JAMA Network offers frequently updated general coronavirus Q&A, clinical and patient information as well as an outbreak map (link)

  • WHO’s global research into COVID-19 page including updates on research activities and a registry of COVID-19 clinical trials (link)

  • The Lancet COVID-19 resource center including correspondence and latest research (link)

  • BMJ’s coronavirus hub gives guidance, research and latest updates (link)

  • US Department of Veteran Affairs COVID-19 Research Resources (link)

  • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Rapid Expert Consultations on the COVID-19 Pandemic (link)

  • Cochrane COVID-19 infection control and prevention measures research (link)

  • New England Journal of Medicine’s COVID-19 resources (link)

  • WHO COVID-19 studies and global clinical trials database (link)

  • Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 World Map (link)

SOCIAL MEDIA AND WEB-BASED RESOURCES RELATED TO
DYSPHAGIA MANAGEMENT DURING COVID-19


Webinars

  • ASHA SIG 13 Dysphagia Management Across the Continuum during COVID-19 Webinar (link)

  • ASHA Webinar on Dysphagia and Telepractice during COVID-19 and Beyond: (link)

  • ASHA Healthcare SLP Virtual Town Hall (link)

  • European Society for Swallowing Disorders webinars (link)

  • ASHA webinar on Telepractice and Dysphagia Management (link)

  • Royal College of Speech Language Therapy COVID-19 webinars (link)

  • National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders: The Role of the SLP during COVID-19 (link)

  • ATOS MEDICAL how-to videos for head neck cancer patients (link)

Blog Posts 

Mental Health Resources for Healthcare Workers during COVID-19

  • COVID-19 Behavioral Health Resource Page (link)
  • COVID-19 Resource Hub for Healthcare Professionals by PyschHub (link)
  • Managing Mental Health during COVID-19 (link)
  • APA Coronavirus Resource Page (link)
  • NAMI COVID-19 Resource Guide (link)
  • MHA Resources on Mental Health And COVID-19 (link)


Co-chairs of the DRS COVID-19 Taskforce  
Anna Miles  PhD   a.miles@auckland.ac.nz   
Rinki Varindani Desai  MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS, CDP  rdesai@umc.edu 

Members of the DRS COVID-19 Taskforce

Susan Langmore PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Nadine Connor PhD, CCC-SLP

Martin Brodsky PhD, ScM, CCC-SLP

Georgia Malandraki PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Tim McCulloch, MD, FACS

Sudarshan Jadcherla MD, DCH, FRCP (Irel), AGAF

Kendrea L. (Focht) Garand PhD, CScD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CBIS, CCRE

Jacqui Allen MBChB, FRACS

Joe Murray PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Luis Riquelme PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Mike Pulia MD, MS

Mark Moss MD

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