Indore: Concerned over increasing burden on hospitals due to increasing COVID-19 patients, district administration on Friday eliminated the need of repeat COVID test for asymptomatic, mild, and moderate symptoms.
As per the new discharged guidelines prepared by the administration, patients with very mild, asymptomatic, and mild symptoms need not stay in hospitals for more than 10 days and they can be discharged if their oxygen level is above 94 per cent in room temperature.
Collector Manish Singh chaired a meeting with the representatives of various hospitals and discussed the new policy of discharged.
“Patients have been divided in four categories and discharges will be planned on the same basis. Four categories of patients would be very mild and asymptomatic, moderate, moderately severe, and severe,” member of district COVID Core Committee Dr Sourabh Malviya said.
He added that the guidelines have been prepared on the basis of guidelines issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and decision of patients health and category will be taken by doctors and not by patients.
Patients with ‘Happy Hypoxia’ i.e. their oxygen level decrease after few minutes’ walk should be checked again while no patient would be discharged without informing the administration.
Categories of patients and discharged plan
1. Very mild or asymptomatic: Patients who don’t have cough, fever or any other disease can be discharged from hospital in 10 days if their oxygen level is 94 percent and above without oxygen therapy. These patients don’t need repeat tests for COVID-19 and will have to remain in home quarantine for seven days.
2. Moderate symptoms: Patients who don’t have fever, cough or any other symptoms for more than three days and their oxygen level is 94 percent and above can be discharged in 10 days without any repeat test but with compulsory seven days home quarantine.
3. Moderately severe: Patients having cough, fever and other symptoms and they require oxygen therapy would be discharged only after recovering. Decision on their repeat test would be taken by doctors and they will have to remain in home quarantine for seven days.
4. Severe patients: Patients with severe symptoms and other comorbidity conditions like cancer, heart ailments and lung infection would be discharged only after being recovered. They will be discharged when their repeat sample report found negative.