Australia Australia's first virtual hospital rolls out for COVID-19 patients

09:35  29 march  2020
09:35  29 march  2020 Source:   smh.com.au

Coronavirus fatalities rise in Australia after 81yo woman dies in Sydney

  Coronavirus fatalities rise in Australia after 81yo woman dies in Sydney Coronavirus fatalities rise in Australia after 81yo woman dies in SydneyShe had close contact with another confirmed case of COVID-19 at Ryde Hospital.

Australia . Covid - 19 tips: How to clean your home. A video from The New York Times gives a glimpse inside one of the hardest hit hospitals in the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.

With many doctors offices and walk-in clinics closed, more patients are turning to virtual health care services. Alberta hospital workers plead with public amid COVID - 19 pandemic.

Representational Image © Shutterstock Representational Image The first 'virtual hospital' in Australia will be established in NSW within two weeks to treat coronavirus patients from their homes.

Hundreds of coronavirus patients who present at the Armidale Hospital emergency department in the far north of NSW - and who otherwise would have needed a hospital bed - will soon be allowed to go home with sophisticated machines to monitor their vital signs.

A team of doctors, supported by an artificial intelligence program, will check up on them and bring them into hospital if their conditions worsen.

Should the pilot go well, virtual hospitals could be rolled out across Australia.

Central Park will be the site of a new hospital for coronavirus patients

  Central Park will be the site of a new hospital for coronavirus patients Field hospital to open in Central Park for coronavirus patientsThe field hospital in New York City is comprised of 14 tents and will receive patients first from Mount Sinai Brooklyn and Mount Sinai Queens. Brooklyn and Queens have been the hardest-hit boroughs in the city's outbreak, according to data released by the city.

Chris Hopson, the chief executive of NHS Providers, is sounding the alarm that hospitals in London may collapse within days due to a “continuous tsunami” of Covid - 19 patients , despite increasing critical care capacity sevenfold. “They are struggling with the explosion of demand in seriously ill patients.

A: Not all patients with COVID - 19 require hospital admission. Patients whose clinical presentation warrants in- patient clinical management for supportive medical care should be admitted to the hospital under appropriate isolation precautions. Some patients with an initial mild clinical presentation may

As Australia's healthcare system braces for an enormous surge of coronavirus patients, potentially overwhelming hospital capacity, there is an urgent need to find safe ways to keep sick people out of hospital.

In pictures: Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Australia

The virtual hospital has enough funding to launch, but is not fully funded.

But as Professor Rod McClure, dean of medicine at the University of New England, watched the crisis unfold he decided the need was urgent.

"We couldn't wait for everything to fall into place," he told The Age. "There comes a point where you have to believe in yourself. This thing is moving so quickly."

The plan is to issue 200 patients who have moderate symptoms of the virus with home monitors that will continuously track their heart rate, temperature, oxygen saturation, blood pressure and breathing, including when they sleep.

"They are intensive care unit-quality monitors," says Professor McClure, a public health expert who spent several years as a director at the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Similar virtual hospitals operate in America.

That data should allow doctors - supported by AI - to pick up when someone's condition is worsening. Changes to blood pressure are an early warning sign of sepsis or organ damage. Changes to oxygen saturation typically occur before pneumonia sets in.

Patients with mild symptoms, who would typically not be admitted to hospital, will not receive a monitor but will get regular video check-ins with doctors.

Patients with the most severe symptoms will still be admitted to hospital as usual.

The data will be fed back to a "flight deck" where a team of doctors, nurses and specialists can monitor them at the hospital.

Coronavirus: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized for exams

 Coronavirus: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized for exams © Reuters Boris Johnson leaving his residence at 10 Downing Street, the day before his quarantine, on March 25, 2020. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson , who tested positive for coronavirus more than a week ago, was admitted to hospital on Sunday as a "precautionary measure" for further testing. Tested positive at Covid-19 ten days ago, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson , was hospitalized, Sunday April 5, to undergo new examinations, announced his services.

Professor McClure had been refining his idea for years as a way of providing better healthcare to regional areas.

But the sudden need to care for potentially thousands of coronavirus patients - potentially overwhelming hospitals across the nation - has led him to roll the project out now with about $1 million in funding from the university.

"This has become an issue which has become global overnight: the need to access services from isolation," he said.

"The systems that support virtual access to services are not there. But the technology is."

Professor McClure purchased the monitors on Sunday. If the pilot is successful, he hopes to approach the federal government for funding to roll it out more widely.

Full coverage: Read more on coronavirus from Microsoft News
Explainers: Health, life and work in the time of COVID-19
Donate: Support UNICEF's coronavirus response effort through Benevity
More info: Read the latest advice on COVID-19 from the Australian Government

Coronavirus: Slightly fewer deaths and resuscitation patients in Italy .
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-ITALY: Coronavirus: Slightly fewer deaths and resuscitation patients in Italy © Reuters / MANUEL SILVESTRI A LITTLE LESS DEATH AND DEATH PATIENTS IN RESUSCITATION IN ITALY MILAN (Reuters) - With 681 additional deaths, Italy has recorded in the last 24 hours a toll less heavy than the previous days, announced on Saturday the Agency for Civil Protection, the Total victims of the Covid-19 epidemic now rising to 15,362.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks
usr: 1
This is interesting!