COVID-19

COVID-19 information


Please check latest information about COVID-19 at:
Ministry of Health website
COVID-19 website


Welcome to the interRAI COVID-19 hub. All information about interRAI during the pandemic is collected here.

This page was last updated on 27 May 2020.

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Assessment information
Using Contact Assessment in place of Home Care Assessment during COVID-19
MoH guidance on ARC admissions during COVID-19
More health professionals may complete assessments during COVID-19
Some assessments may be completed remotely 
How to code from N2c during COVID-19

Data and reporting
You can track COVID-19 in the interRAI software system
VPR algorithm is available to identify vulnerable people

Training and services
In-person training won't resume until July
Distance learning available
Trainees may defer or continue interRAI training
Relias email reminders are suspended

More information
Recent newsletters
Contact us


Assessment information

Using Contact Assessment in place of Home Care Assessment during COVID-19
During the COVID-19 pandemic, clients may need to be assessed urgently, reliably and efficiently to identify the complexity of their condition and urgency for further investigation. The interRAI Contact Assessment is suited for this purpose especially as it is valid over the telephone.

Guidance on using Contact Assessment in place of Home Care Assessment

MoH guidance on ARC admissions during COVID-19
The Ministry of Health (MoH) has issued guidance on admissions to aged residential care (ARC) during COVID-19. It includes guidance on interRAI six-monthly and change in level assessments.

MoH COVID-19 guidance for admissions into aged residential care facilities

More health professionals may complete assessments during COVID-19
Health professionals from any discipline may conduct interRAI assessments, if assessment is part of their scope of practice. They must hold a current New Zealand Annual Practicing Certificate (APC), or equivalent for their health profession. There is an exception for Enrolled Nurses, who may assess only under the direction and delegation of a Registered Nurse or Nurse Practitioner.

To meet high demand during the pandemic, some new assessors who may not fully meet the above criteria (for example, third-year nursing students), will receive training to conduct Contact Assessments. They will also assess under the direction and delegation of a Registered Nurse or Nurse Practitioner. Training and quality review will be provided by interRAI Services.

Some assessments may be completed remotely
You may complete Contact Assessments via telephone. A guidance document is available below. The guidance document explains when a telephone assessment is appropriate and tips on how to conduct one successfully.

If a Home Care Assessment is required urgently during COVID-19, you may be able to complete this using video call (Zoom, Skype, Google Duo etc.). Please read the guidance document below.

Guidance for completing Contact Assessments via telephone
Guidance for completing urgent Home Care Assessments via video call

How to code for N2c during COVID-19
(HC 9.1 US and Canadian Ed, O2c for LTCF US and Australian Eds)

Q:  How do you code infection control N2c if a person is not unwell but is in isolation?
A:  Code 0 not ordered and did not occur.
 
The intent of the item is to review prescribed treatments for the person. In this instance the person is not receiving treatment for a condition they have, they are being protected from conditions that others have.


Data and reporting

You can track COVID-19 in the interRAI software system
We have added COVID-19 to the list of Active and Recent Infections Tracking module for both Community and Long Term Care Facilities (LTCF).

If you want to track the known infections for either your community or care facility, you can add an infection from the Active and Recent Infections Tracking module on the person’s Overview screen. The Infection Tracking Type will be COVID-19.  This information may be drawn on from the Reports module.

VPR algorithm is available to help identify vulnerable people
Several DHBs have asked whether, as was done after the Christchurch earthquakes, interRAI data can be used to help identify vulnerable people. The answer is yes. An updated algorithm has been developed called Vulnerable Persons at Risk (VPR). This algorithm is automatically derived from each person’s most recent interRAI Home Care Assessment. The outputs from this algorithm are now available via Connex, with instructions also available.

VPR algorithm access

VPR key file (excel)
Instructions on how to use the VPR files loaded onto Connex (word)
Using VPR as a Decision-Support Tool (pdf)

Because these files contain personal information, access is restricted to programme managers for health of older people only. If you have questions about this data or how it can be used during the pandemic, contact your regional service desk:

Southern and Northern DHB regions (CDHB)
Phone: 03 378 6555
Email: interRAIservicedesk@cdhb.govt.nz

Central and Midland DHB regions (TDHB)
Phone: 06 753 7766
Email: IT.servicedesk@tdhb.org.nz


Training

In-person training resumes in July
Your safety, and the safety of our staff remains paramount. Therefore, we have decided not to hold any more in-person training sessions until July. Instead, we are focusing on making distance learning as widely available as possible.

Distance learning is available
We have developed a new training package for Contact Assessment, which is a mix of self-directed and educator-directed content, delivered via online training and Zoom. A similar training package will be available for Long Term Care Facility assessment in early June.

More information on learning by distance

Trainees may defer or continue interRAI training
Because of the disruption of COVID-19, interRAI trainees may continue or defer their training as appropriate. Trainees who continue their training will be supported by their interRAI educator and once competent, will be able to continue to complete interRAI assessments.

Trainees who choose to defer their training, will have their interRAI software access changed to read-only and their Relias accounts temporarily deactivated. Deferrals can be made anytime during training.

To defer training, or to resume it, please email interRAI@tas.health.nz

Relias emails are suspended
We have suspended Relias email reminders until 1 June, as these are causing unnecessary stress during the pandemic. Instead, we encourage you to complete your annual exams by 29 May. Educators are available to support you in this – please contact us


More information

Recent newsletters
Read our recent newsletters which contain more information about COVID-19.

interRAI informer (18 May 2020)
inside interRAI special edition: COVID-19 (30 March 2020)
interRAI informer (26 March 2020)

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Contact interRAI

Ring: 0800 10 80 44
Email: interRAI (at) tas.health.nz

interRAI software support

Southern and Northern DHB regions (CDHB)
Ring: 03 378 6555
Email: interRAIservicedesk (at) cdhb.govt.nz

Central and Midland DHB regions (TDHB)
Ring: 06 753 7766
Email: IT.servicedesk (at) tdhb.org.nz

69 Tory Street Wellington 6140 Phone +64 4 801 2430