'Only severe cases will be tested': Govt changes policy for hospital discharge of coronavirus patients
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid the surging coronavirus cases in the country, the central government on Saturday revised its discharge policy for COVID-19 patients. In its revised policy, the Centre said that only severe coronavirus patients will be tested before hospital discharge.
As per the new guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, for coronavirus patients in severe condition including immunocompromised (HIV patients, transplant recipients, malignancy), the discharge criteria will be based on clinical recovery and patient tested negative once by RT-PCR (after resolution of symptoms).
The Health Ministry further said that cases clinically classified as “moderate cases” will undergo monitoring of body temperature and oxygen saturation.
“If the fever resolve within three days and the patient maintains saturation above 95 per cent for the next four 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 and no oxygen requirement,” the Health Ministry said in its guidelines.
“There will be no need for testing prior to discharge,” it added.
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While patients, who are on oxygenation whose fever does not resolve within three days, will be discharged only after “resolution of clinical symptoms” and “ability to maintain oxygen saturation for three consecutive days”, the Health Ministry said.
On the other hand, mild, very mild and pre-symptomatic cases admitted to a COVID Care Facility will undergo “regular temperature and pulse oximetry monitoring”, said the Health Ministry while adding that the patient can be discharged after ten days of symptom onset and no fever for three days and “there will be no need for testing prior to discharge”.
The change in the discharge policy comes at a time when the dreadful coronavirus is increasing at an alarming rate. As per the latest information available at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare website, the coronavirus has affected over 59,000 people and more than 1,900 people have died while almost 18,000 people have recovered and discharged from the hospitals.
The government has also said that people "need to learn to live with the virus" sought "a behavioural change" and everyone's support in the fight against the dreadful infection.
"And when we are talking about learning to live with the virus then it is very important that the guidelines that are there on saving oneself from the virus are adopted in the community as a behavioural change," said the Health Ministry.
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