Applying a COVID Virtual Ward model, assessing patient outcomes and staff workload.

Gallier, Suzy, Atkin, C, Reddy-Kolanu, Vinay, Parekh, Dhruv, Zou, X, Evison, Felicity, Ball, Simon and Sapey, Elizabeth (2022) Applying a COVID Virtual Ward model, assessing patient outcomes and staff workload. Acute medicine, 20 (4). pp. 266-275. ISSN 1747-4892.

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A COVID virtual ward (CVW) is recommended by NHS England, but 'usual care' outcomes have not been reported. A retrospective study of all adults with COVID-19 attending Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham between 01/06/2020-31/01/2021, assessed against CVW criteria and followed for 28 days. Of 2301 COVID-19 patients, 571(25%) would have met CVW criteria. Of these, 325(57%) were discharged after review and 246(43%) admitted. Of admitted patients who met CVW criteria, 81% required hospital-supported therapies; 11% died. Of the 325 discharged, 13% re-presented, 9% with COVID-related symptoms, 2% required intensive care admission, and one died (0.3%). In this comparison, discharging patients without a CVW did not lead to more re-presentations, re-admissions, ITU escalations or deaths compared to published outcomes for hospitals with a CVW.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P-Q Language. General science
QZ Pathology. Oncology
W Public health. Health statistics. Occupational health. Health education
WB Practice of medicine
WT Geriatrics. Elderly care
Divisions (November 2021 Onwards): Acute Medical Unit (formerly CDU)
Criticial Care
Research and Development
Respiratory Medicine
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Depositing User: Lotty Summers
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2022 14:18
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2022 14:18

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