When to admit a COVID 19 patient
What type of COVID 19 patients should be admitted immediately?
If a COVID 19 patient (Detected by Positive Rapid Antigen Test or COVID 19 PCR Test) is;
- Aged below 02 years or over 65 years
- Has uncontrolled comorbidities (illnesses or related factors) such as morbid obesity (BMI>30), diabetes, chronic heart/lung/renal illnesses, or any other illnesses
- Is an immunocompromised patient or on any long term immunosuppressive therapy such as steroids
- If pregnant, gestational age above 24 weeks
Some patients can be admitted to a government or private isolation center if;
- No isolated room facility with adequate ventilation and washroom facilities at home
- No adequate self-care or caregiver support at home
- No proper communication facilities and ability to communicate (Patient or caregiver)
- Patient is not willing to go for home isolation even if they are eligible
Health authorities (Area Medical Officer of Health (MOH)) will review admit to a hospital or government isolation center (Or if the patients is eligible and requests- to a paid private isolation facility authorised by health authorities).
It is advised to contact health authorities as soon as you or a member of your family becomes COVID 19 positive.
When do you need to admit a home isolated COVID 19 patient to a hospital?
During the home isolation of COVID 19 patients, be on the vigil for any warning RED signs of:
- Progressive worsening of persisting symptoms (Eg. Cough / Fever)
- Difficulty in breathing at rest after mild exertion such as walking for a few meters within the room / after having a body wash / mild exercise etc.
- If a pulse oximeter (NMRA registered brand) is available, and Oxygen saturation is below 96% at rest or below 94% after mild exertion
- Persistent chest pain or heaviness
- Symptoms of dehydration
- Altered mental state (Confusion/drowsiness/irritability)
These patients need admission to a COVID 19 treatment hospital
In case the patient has any of these signs:
- Immediately inform your MOH or PHI
- Call the Health Ministry hotline – 0117 966 366
- IF signs aggravate such as difficulty in breathing call 1990 Suwaseriya Ambulance for hospital admission.