COVID Oximetry @home is designed to support patients in primary and community health settings. It is an enhanced package of monitoring (of symptoms and oxygen saturations) for patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 who are at risk of future deterioration. This includes both patients living in their own homes and residents of care homes.
COVID virtual wards is a secondary-care-led initiative to support early and safe discharge from hospital (step down care) for COVID patients. It has already been implemented in some parts of the country where it is having an impact in reducing emergency admission and builds on the COVID Oximetry @home model.
Dr Matt Inada-Kim is a consultant at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the National Clinical Lead for Deterioration/Sepsis. In this webinar he outlines how virtual wards with pulse oximetry can spot early deterioration in patients with COVID-19.
How can we support?
We have been commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement to support health and care systems across our region to support delivery of COVID Oximetry @home. We are aware that a lot of excellent work in this area is already underway and there are a number of ways we can work collaboratively with you to support implementation:
Facilitate discussions at regional and system level to support pathway mapping and co-ordinate regional delivery plans
Connect with other key stakeholders, including linking with the NHSx digital workstreams around remote monitoring
Deliver webinars to onboard local systems with the programme
Provide bespoke Quality Improvement coaching
Signpost teams to relevant resources and support local adaptation (e.g. SOPs, safety netting, training materials)
Provide guidance on acquiring pulse oximeters and managing logistics
Capture insights and link with the National COVID Oximetry @home Network to enable rapid learning and sharing of best practice and guidance
COVID virtual wards
The below webinar, held on 13 January 2021, gives an overview of COVID virtual wards and the new programme. It includes learning so far from virtual wards already in practice, the support that Patient Safety Collaboratives and AHSNs are offering to support implementation, and the support offer from NHSX for a digitally enabled service.
To support teams in sharing and using learning from COVID Oximetry @home implementation, a national learning system is operating via the FutureNHS National Deterioration Forum where additional resources are shared and questions raised via a discussion forum. Sign up here.
COVID Oximetry @home toolkit
This toolkit is an evolving set of resources available through FutureNHS. The toolkit was initially created by the pilot sites and early adopters, to share learning and support others wanting to implement COVID Oximetry @home.
New resources will be added as they are developed/shared, including national guidance, so please keeping checking back in.
Key journal articles/research to support COVID Oximetry @home