A dozen physicians at the epicenter of Italy's COVID-19 outbreak issued a plea to the rest of the world..., going beyond the heartbreaking reports of overwhelmed health care workers there and a seemingly uncontrollable death toll to warn that medical practice during a pandemic may need to be turned on its head with care delivered to many patients at home.
Managing patients at home is a brilliant thing...and one that could be augmented by mobile clinics and telemedicine. Bring them nutrition, measure their oxygen levels, even bring them oxygen, and you probably keep many of them at home...That change would decrease transmission and protect other patients as well as health care workers.
Let's say that the intense focus on hospitals, ventilators and ICU beds was the right thing in the early weeks of the outbreak. Maintaining that focus, going forward, is actually counter-productive. If we're going to control the virus in the months before we have a vaccine, it's not the hospitals that are going to get control of the virus, it's the home. That's where we will hold the virus at bay.
First, we're going to finally see an awareness from health care systems that home care is an essential part of the equation and not just someone to call at the end of a hospitalization. Home care providers need to be at the table, working side-by-side with health care systems to design responses...In order to manage the second, third and fourth wave of this COVID virus, we're going to need a really powerful, well organized, well-resourced home care system nationally.
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