Guidance on Oximetry@home services

Posted: 02 Mar 2021
Category: ICB News

COVID-19 Oximetry @home services are supporting people to monitor their oxygen levels with pulse oximeters, including residents in care homes. This follows guidance to support remote monitoring, using pulse oximetry, of people with confirmed or possible COVID-19, including people living in care homes.

This document brings together existing guidance into a single document with some extra detail in terms of what this means for people who live and work in care homes. The main target audiences are care home managers and staff.

It should be read alongside any locally provided advice or guidance from your local clinical commissioning group (CCG).

Advice provided by NHS England and NHS Improvement on the content.

A guide on pulse oximetry for care homes has been published by the Care Provider Alliance and new e-learning materials are available on e-Learning for Healthcare.

The e-learning does not require a log in and is suitable for anyone caring for someone on the COVID-19 Oximetry @home or on a COVID Virtual Ward pathway. The COVID-19 Oximetry @home and the COVID Virtual Ward programmes both describe an enhanced package of care for individuals with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 who are at risk of future deterioration, including people living in their own homes and residents of care homes.

A recorded webinar for care home staff supporting residents who are being remotely monitored using pulse oximetry, is also available to watch here: COVID oximetry and virtual wards | AHSN Network