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Osteoporosis treatment and the COVID vaccine
"We can reassure people taking any of the treatments for osteoporosis that it is safe to have the COVID vaccine and that their treatment will not interfere with the effectiveness of the vaccine, even if it is given on the same day,” Nicola Peel, Chair of the Clinical Committee ROS.
Toolkit: DXA restoration of service
Evaluate when and how to reopen DXA services safely following shutdown due to COVID-19 and within contemporary Government restrictions.
The toolkit supports clinical decision making on:
- When to safely restore
- Who to scan as a priority on restoration
- How to do so safely
- DXA service managers
- Clinical leads
- Radiographers and technicians
Evidence based, and designed in collaboration with nationwide DXA clinicians and services.
Guidance: Secondary fracture prevention for inpatients during COVID-19 pandemic
Many older patients with fragility fractures are being cared for outside of normal orthogeriatric wards, as hospitals predesignate wards to manage COVID-19 patients and their rehabilitation.
If you're caring for older patients with fragility fractures through the COVID-19 crisis, this document supports you to:
- Deliver best practice assessments and treatment decisions to prevent further fractures
- Ensure patients are discharged with a care package to manage ongoing fracture risk
- Enhance your CPD in a field of medicine that you may be less familiar with
- Clinicians caring for patients in wards that do not normally receive fragility fracture patients
- Medical and surgical doctors of all grades
- Nursing teams
- AHPs, such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists
- Ward pharmacy teams
White paper: Delivering core NHS and care services during the pandemic and beyond
Understand the challenges facing MSK and osteoporosis services in the COVID-19 crisis. Enable the restoration, rebuilding and resetting of services, through the peri-COVID-19 phase and into a new era.
This white paper, submitted to the Parliamentary Health Select Committee, discusses:
- Our stall for leadership in osteoporosis healthcare
- Issues surrounding osteoporosis in the COVID-19 period
- The importance of taking action to prevent further fractures as we Restore, Rebuild and Reset
- Service leaders
- Commissioning leads
- Political lobbyists
- Service providers
Virtual clinical consultation toolkit:
This toolkit supports effective and safe clinical consultations undertaken via telephone or video.
Best practices for effective and safe virtual clinical consultations on FLS and osteoporosis
- To ensure effective planning of virtual consultations
- Step by step measures to consider to ensure consultations are effective for both the clinician and patient
- Links to important support for virtual consultations
Virtual Fracture risk assessment and clinical consultation template
- Editable for services to adapt and use in practice to their specifications
- A 'script' to adapt and follow covering clinical governance and techniques to deliver effective consultations and FRAX assessments virtually
This toolkit is designed specifically for bone health, FLS and osteoporosis services.
Evidence-based and designed in collaboration with Keele University and ROS professional members.
Information for your patients
Video: Coughing safely and comfortably
Specialist Helpline Nurse Niki:
- Demonstrates techniques for bracing the upper body when coughing or sneezing, so patients can cough more comfortably and effectively
- Shares methods for easing any pain patients might have after coughing or sneezing
Video: DXA scans during COVID-19
Clinical Team member and radiographer Jill explains:
- Why scan appointments may have been delayed during COVID-19
- That a delayed scan is not an immediate cause for alarm
- What patients can do if their scan has been delayed
Video: Hospital appointments during the pandemic
Osteoporosis Nurse Specialist Mayrine explains:
- What hospitals are doing to help keep patients safe during face-to-face appointments
- What patients can do to keep themselves safe when they attend
- That the bone health benefits of the appointment outweigh the risk of coronavirus