Planning and clinical role of acute medical home care services for COVID-19 – consensus position statement by the Hospital-in-the-Home Society Australasia

Penelope A. Bryant, Benjamin A. Rogers, Raquel Cowan, Asha C. Bowen, James Pollard

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternal Medicine Journal
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Sep 2020

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