Planning and clinical role of acute medical home care services forCOVID-19-consensus position statement by theHospital-in-the-Home Society Australasia
AuthorBryant, PA; Rogers, BA; Cowan, R; Bowen, AC; Pollard, J
Source TitleInternal Medicine Journal
University of Melbourne Author/sBryant, Penelope
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsBryant, P. A., Rogers, B. A., Cowan, R., Bowen, A. C. & Pollard, J. (2020). Planning and clinical role of acute medical home care services forCOVID-19-consensus position statement by theHospital-in-the-Home Society Australasia. INTERNAL MEDICINE JOURNAL, 50 (10), pp.1267-+. https://doi.org/10.1111/imj.15011.
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During a pandemic when hospitals are stretched and patients need isolation, the role of hospital-in-the-home (HITH) providing acute medical care at home has never been more relevant. We aimed to define and address the challenges to acute home care services posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Planning for service operation involves staffing, equipment availability and cleaning, upskilling in telehealth and communication. Planning for clinical care involves maximising cohorts of patients without COVID-19 and new clinical pathways for patients with COVID-19. The risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission, specific COVID-19 clinical pathways and the well-being of patients and staff should be addressed in advance.
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