Already available in many areas of the country, this service is now being expanded as part of how the NHS is supporting coronavirus patients during the second wave of the pandemic.
We are pleased to announce the COVID Oximetry @home monitoring service is now live across NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG.
Who is it for?
The service is for people who have been diagnosed with coronavirus, are symptomatic, and either extremely vulnerable to coronavirus or aged 65 or older. The service provides a pulse oximeter and supporting information so that patients can record their oxygen levels at home for up to 14 days, with assistance from carers and/or family where appropriate.
If you're referred to the service your GP will ask to monitor your condition using a pulse oximeter to measure oxygen levels in your blood. You will be able to choose to self-monitor or give consent to be referred to the COVID Oximetry @home monitoring service.
What does the service do?
As part of the service, patients will be issued with a pulse oximeter. This is a small medical device that is put on the tip of the finger, to check someone’s oxygen levels. Pulse oximeters measure blood oxygen levels by transmitting light through a finger – they are more accurate than smart watches or phones which make less accurate readings by reflecting light off the skin. By regularly monitoring oxygen levels with a pulse oximeter, it can be easier to spot if coronavirus symptoms are getting worse and identify if someone needs treatment or support.
Self-Monitoring: Follow the guidance on how to use the pulse oximeter and record your readings three times per day. This can be found in the patient diary you have been given, and your results should be recorded in the table on page 5. There are clear instructions on what to do if your readings drop below 95%, or you start feeling more unwell.
COVID Oximetry @home monitoring service: The service will call you on Day 2, 5, 7, 10, 12 and 14 (Day 1 is the first day of the onset of your symptoms). On the call the service will ask you for your latest readings and check on any other symptoms. At all other times, please follow the guidance below to record your readings three times per day. There are clear instructions on what to do if your readings drop below 95%, or you start feeling more unwell.
Copies of the information you have been given can be found below:
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