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COVID-19 Oximetry @Home Services for care home residents

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Infection Control
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All care homes can now access pulse oximeters to support residents who have been diagnosed with coronavirus at a ratio of 1:10 beds.

A pulse oximeter helps to monitor how fast an individual’s heart is beating and the level of oxygen in their blood. This blood oxygen level is the most accurate way of keeping an eye on how the infection is progressing.

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.

The COVID-19 Oximetry @home pathway is overseen by GPs and primary care teams and is generally for people with mild to moderate symptoms, complexity and acuity who have not been in hospital.

The COVID Virtual Ward is for people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 after admission to hospital and who have moderate to severe symptoms, complexity and acuity. Care of people on the COVID Virtual Ward pathway is overseen by the hospital.

A recorded webinar for care home staff supporting residents who are being remotely monitored using pulse oximetry, is also available to watch here:

Bedford Borough, BLMK, Central Bedfordshire, Luton Borough, Milton Keynes,
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