The Management of COVID-19 in Nursing Homes in Ireland and England: Ethical and Legal Issues in a Time of Pandemic

Mary-Elizabeth Tumelty, Clayton Ó Néill, Mary Donnelly, Anne-Maree Farrell, Rhiannon Frowde, Linda Pentony

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Abstract

This paper provides an overview of the key issues that arose in relation to the management of COVID-19 in care homes in Ireland and England between February 2020 and December 2021, with reference to relevant policies, processes, and practices. There is a particular focus on the first wave of the pandemic between February and June 2020, where the risk of contracting and dying from COVID-19 was highest for residents in care homes. The paper examines a number of key issues impacting management of the risk posed by COVID-19 in care homes including the availability of testing; the use of personal protective equipment; staffing; safe discharge from hospitals; the use of Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Orders (DNACPR); visiting and access restrictions; and the recording of care home deaths. A critical analysis is also provided of broader themes impacting the management of COVID-19 in care homes during 2020-21, including ethical issues,
human rights, regulatory governance and accountability.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSocial Science Research Network (SSRN)
Pages1
Number of pages153
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2022

Publication series

NameUniversity of Edinburgh School of Law Research paper SEries
PublisherSSRN

Keywords

  • Covid-19
  • care homes
  • ethics
  • human rights
  • law
  • regulation
  • governance
  • accountability

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