Covid-19 has forced a re-engineering of healthcare in all settings and accelerated 20 years of change in the NHS over the space of a few short months.
Optimising clinical systems and enabling patients to self-monitor, to aid the early identification and timely management of deteriorating patients (including those with Covid-19) in the community is a critical step in reducing avoidable deaths from all conditions.
This new ‘norm’ across the NHS involves the use of remote assessments, patient empowerment and monitoring – including pulse oximetry to pick up silent hypoxia – with both acute conditions (like Covid-19) and chronic diseases.
Supported by our regional deteriorating patient group, our Innovation in Covid-19 patient pathways webinar on 23 September brought together examples of innovative ways to assess and manage patients in the community with suspected Covid-19. Speakers included Trish Greenhalgh, Matt Inada-Kim, Lalitha Iyer, Andy Walden and Dan Lasserson.