The Covid Oximetry at Home work (sometimes called a "virtual ward") describes an enhanced package of remote monitoring (of symptoms and oxygen saturations) for patients with confirmed/suspected Covid-19 who are at risk of future deterioration/admission, provided within a patient’s own home (or usual residence) overseen by a multidisciplinary team (MDT) from either the community or hospital.
In safely monitoring these patients at home, we aim to:
1) avoid unnecessary hospital admissions (providing appropriate care, in the appropriate place), and
2) escalate cases of deterioration at an earlier stage to avoid ventilation and ICU admission.
This website introduces you to the resources available in the Covid virtual ward toolkit. There are a variety of different models that can be flexed or adapted dependent on local system and geography. They are suitable for anyone wanting to set up a Covid virtual ward across health and social care.