UK – NICE publishes second set of rapid COVID-19 guidelines

As of this morning - Wednesday April 2 - the current recorded case count for COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the UK has hit 29,474, with 2,352 deaths.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published its second set of rapid guidelines to cover the provision of radiotherapy services and bone marrow transplant during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The guidelines advise clinicians on modifying care to reduce patients’ exposure to COVID-19 and how to balance the risks and benefits of treatment during the pandemic.

For delivering radiotherapy, the guideline recommends avoiding treatment if the evidence suggests there will be little to no benefit or if an alternative treatment is available, to defer radiotherapy if clinically appropriate, and if radiotherapy treatment is unavoidable, to use the shortest safe form of treatment…