Research Article
Volume 3 Issue 4 - 2021
Impact of COVID-19 Restrictions on Hospital at Home
Timothy Ore*
Department of Health, Centre for Evaluation and Research Evidence, Melbourne, Australia
*Corresponding Author: Timothy Ore, Department of Health, Centre for Evaluation and Research Evidence, Melbourne, Australia.
Received: March 18, 2021; Published: March 30, 2021




Abstract

Hospital at home (HAH) programs have been operating in several countries since the first randomised trials in the late 1970s confirmed their effectiveness. Summarised here are the findings of a rapid literature review (based on searches conducted in MEDLINE, EMBASE, the Cochrane Library) of the effect of COVID-19 restrictions on HAH. COVID-19 has resulted in increased numbers of patients who do not have COVID-19 referred to HAH from the ward or emergency department to maximise hospital inpatient capacity for those that do have the disease. Telehealth and videoconferencing have been employed effectively to monitor patients’ conditions. Compared to similar hospitalized patients, HAH patients experience better clinical outcomes; it is a safe and effective way of caring for non-severe COVID-19 patients and those with severe cases and have overcome the acute phase. HAH can be used to reduce the healthcare pressure on hospitals compounded by COVID-19 and the adaptation may have a permanent place in the care of vulnerable patients.

Keywords: Home Monitoring; Telehealth; COVID-19; Clinical Deterioration; Vulnerable Patients

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Citation: Timothy Ore. “Impact of COVID-19 Restrictions on Hospital at Home”. EC Nursing and Healthcare 3.4 (2021): 127-131.

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