Revised Discharge Policy for COVID-19 issued by Health Minis
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The revised discharge policy is aligned with the guidelines on the 3 tier COVID facilities and the categorization of the patients based on clinical severity. (https://pxmd.co/fYHXl)

1. Mild/very mild/pre-symptomatic cases

• Such Cases admitted to a COVID Care Facility will undergo regular temperature and pulse oximetry monitoring.

• The patient can be discharged after 10 days of symptom onset and no fever for 3 days.

• There will be no need for testing prior to discharge.

• At the time of discharge, the patient will be advised to follow the home isolation for a further 7 days.

• At any point of time, prior to discharge from CCC, if the oxygen saturation dips below 95%, patient is moved to Dedicated COVID Health Centre (DCHC).

• After discharge from the facility, if he/she again develops symptoms of fever, cough or breathing difficulty he will contact the COVID Care Centre or State helpline or 1075.

• His/her health will again be followed up through teleconference on 14th day.


2. Moderate cases admitted to Dedicated COVID Health Centre (Oxygen beds)

2.1. Patients whose symptoms resolve within 3 days and maintains saturation above 95% for the next 4 days

• Cases clinically classified as “moderate cases” will undergo monitoring of body temperature and oxygen saturation.

• If the fever resolve within 3 days and the patient maintain saturation above 95% for the next 4 days (without oxygen support), such patient will be discharged after 10 days of symptom onset in case of:
~Absence of fever without antipyretics
~Resolution of breathlessness
~No oxygen requirement

• There will be no need for testing prior to discharge.

• At the time of discharge, the patient will be advised to follow the home isolation for 7 days.

2.2. Patient on Oxygenation whose fever does not resolve within 3 days and demand of oxygen therapy continues. Such patients will be discharged only after:

• Resolution of clinical symptoms
• Ability to maintain oxygen saturation for 3 consecutive days

3. Severe Cases including immunocompromised (HIV patients, transplant recipients, malignancy), Discharge criteria for severe cases will be based on:

• Clinical recovery
• Patient tested negative once by RT-PCR (after the resolution of symptoms)

Note: This is a brief compilation of Revised Discharge Policy for COVID-19 issued by Health Ministry. The complete policy is attached as pdf.

Source: MoHFW
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Dr. M●●●●●v D●●●i
Dr. M●●●●●v D●●●i Internal Medicine
Welvome changes and need of the hour. Very practical. Will save agony, hospital beds and test kits at no added complications, only caveat patients have to be counseled properly at the time if discharge.
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Dr. N●●●●●●a P●●●●●l
Dr. N●●●●●●a P●●●●●l Pharmacology
Need more portable spo2 monitors also
May 9, 2020Like2