Setting up a COVID Oximetry at Home Virtual Ward

09/12/2020 12:30 pm to 09/12/2020 1:45 pm

Event Details

**This event has now passed**

The need to detect early signs of deterioration in patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 is a significant challenge in health and social care. COVID virtual ward models use pulse oximeters to safely monitor and support patients in their own home, providing an opportunity to detect a decline in the patient’s condition at an early stage.

Early detection has been linked with reduced mortality, hospital length of stay and the number of patients requiring intensive care. From the patient’s perspective, this can enable them to remain at home with the reassurance that they are being monitored and there are appropriate escalation plans are in place if their condition deteriorates.

The event was organised by the Managing Deterioration Patient Safety Network for North East North Cumbria, together with the region’s Respiratory Network.

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A recording of the event can be viewed below:


NHS Health Call: Improving Outcomes through COVID Oximetry@Home – Catherine McShane

National Perspective – Dr Matt Inada-Kim

Regional Support from the Patient Safety Collaborative – Tony Roberts

Tees Valley Oximetry @home Learning from the pilot


Futures NHS

If you are not already aware, FutureNHS is a collaborative platform which supports people from across health and social care to work together more effectively. It contains an extensive amount of information and discussions surrounding  COVID-19 and the delivery of COVID Oximetry @home. There are links to the National CO@h Toolkit, National SOPs, discussions and useful documents that will aid the practical implementation of the virtual ward.  All information is available via the NHS @home workspace on FutureNHS.

If you do not already have an FutureNHS account, you can self-register via FutureNHS Collaboration Platform – FutureNHS Collaboration Platform if you have an, or email address.

If you have a different email address, you can request an account via FutureNHS Collaboration Platform.

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The NHS has produced guidance to all clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to recommend ‘’COVID Oximetry @home’ models are rapidly implemented. Visit the NHS website here for further information.