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Supporting Australia’s healthcare professionals with continually updated, evidence-based clinical guidelines

22/10/20: Weekly Communique from the National Steering Committee


High-priority, evidence-based clinical COVID-19 guidelines updated weekly with the latest research

We have developed recommendations that cover:

  • Definition of disease severity
    • Definition of disease severity for adults
    • Definition for disease severity for children and adolescents
  • Monitoring and markers of clinical deterioration
  • Disease-modifying treatments updated
    • Corticosteroids
      • Corticosteroids for adults
      • Corticosteroids for pregnant or breastfeeding women
      • Corticosteroids for children or adolescents
    • Remdesivir
      • Remdesivir for adults
      • Remdesivir for pregnant patients
      • Remdesivir for children or adolescents
    • Hydroxychloroquine (not recommended)
    • Lopinavir-ritonavir (not recommended) updated
    • Disease-modifying treatments not recommended outside of clinical trials
      • Aprepitant
      • Azithromycin
      • Baloxavir marboxil
      • Calcifediol
      • Chloroquine
      • Colchicine
      • Convalescent plasma
      • Darunavir-cobicistat
      • Favipiravir
      • Hydroxychloroquine plus azithromycin
      • Human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells
      • Immunoglobulin plus methylprednisolone
      • Interferon β-1a
      • Interferon β-1b
      • Interferon gamma
      • Interferon kappa plus trefoil factor 2 (IFN-κ plus TFF2)
      • Ivermectin
      • N-acetylcysteine
      • Recombinant human granulocyte colony-stimulating factor
      • Ruxolitinib
      • Sofosbuvir-daclatasvir
      • Telmisartan
      • Tocilizumab
      • Umifenovir
      • Other disease modifying treatments
    • Disease-modifying treatments under review
      • Bromhexine hydrochloride
  • Chemoprophylaxis new
    • Hydroxychloroquine for pre-exposure prophylaxis new
    • Hydroxychloroquine for post-exposure prophylaxis
  • Respiratory support in adults
    • High-flow nasal oxygen therapy
    • Non-invasive ventilation
    • Respiratory management of the deteriorating patient
    • Videolaryngoscopy
    • Neuromuscular blockers
    • Positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP)
    • Prone positioning
      • Prone positioning for adults
      • Prone positioning for pregnant and postpartum women
    • Recruitment manoeuvres
    • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
      • ECMO for adults
      • ECMO for pregnant and postpartum women
  • Respiratory support in neonates, children and adolescents
    • Requiring non-invasive respiratory support
      • High-flow nasal oxygen and non-invasive ventilation
      • Prone positioning (non-invasive)
      • Respiratory management of the deteriorating child
    • Requiring invasive mechanical ventilation
      • Prone positioning (mechanical ventilation)
      • Positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP)
      • Recruitment manoeuvres
      • Neuromuscular blockers
      • High-frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV)
      • Videolaryngoscopy
      • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis
    • VTE prophylaxis for adults
    • VTE prophylaxis for pregnant and postpartum women
  • Therapies for pre-existing conditions in patients with COVID-19
    • ACEIs/ARBs in patients with COVID-19
    • ACEIs in postpartum women
    • Steroids for people with asthma or COPD with COVID-19
  • Pregnancy and perinatal care
    • Antenatal corticosteroids
    • Mode of birth
    • Delayed umbilical cord clamping
    • Skin-to-skin contact
    • Breastfeeding
    • Rooming-in
  • Child and adolescent care new
    • Paediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome (PIMS-TS)
    • Intravenous immunoglobulin (PIMS-TS)
    • Corticosteroids new

View all evidence-based recommendations here:

We will revise and add recommendations each week as our evidence teams and expert panels identify priority clinical questions and synthesise new research.


Flowcharts incorporating living guideline recommendations and guidance issued or endorsed by Taskforce members

under review

Continuously reviewing new evidence to update recommendations and address new priority questions

We are currently reviewing evidence to develop recommendations and flowcharts to guide practice in areas including:

  • Bromhexine hydrochloride
  • Enoxaparin (therapeutic vs prophylactic)
  • Care of people recovering from COVID-19/Post-viral syndrome
  • Oestrogen-containing therapies
  • Paediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PIMS-TS)

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Suggest a new topic or clinical question. Please note that our living guideline aims to

“Provide specific, patient-focused recommendations for the clinical care of people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, where care for this patient group differs from usual care provided to patients with similar clinical conditions (pneumonia, severe acute respiratory distress, etc.)”.

*The following topics are currently included:
• Definition of disease severity
• Monitoring and markers of clinical deterioration
• Disease modifying treatments (e.g. antimalarials)
• Respiratory support
• Corticosteroids
• Anticoagulants


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