The Challenge

Health Call Oximetry @ Home was produced in collaboration with front line NHS teams in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Oximetry @ Home pathway, was initially developed as a ‘step down’ from secondary care, but can also be used as a ‘step up’ from primary care.

Eligible patients can be discharged from hospital earlier and reunited with their family or carers, whilst being closely monitored by clinical teams. Likewise, patients who have received a COVID-19 diagnosis can be monitored by their primary care teams. This means they can spot deterioration early so that the patient can be cared for appropriately.

Being able to discharge patients earlier means that spaces are freed up at a time when the NHS is under significant pressure. It also means that those most in need of intervention can be identified quickly and lead to better outcomes for them.

Resources

Oximetry @ Home leaflet

How does the Oximetry @ home work?

  • Patients deemed eligible are added to the system by their clinical team
  • Twice a day, patients provide their breathing rate, heart rate, oxygen saturation, temperature (if they have a thermometer), type of oxygen supply and other details which may indicate deterioration
  • Patients are sent SMS reminders to prompt them to take their readings.
  • It provides an automatic response based on the observations submitted by the patient which is reviewed by the clinical team
  • Clinical teams closely monitor patient’s readings and respond accordingly

What are the benefits of Oximetry @ home?

  • Clinical teams have access to patient’s readings so they can make informed decisions
  • Patients are actively involved in their own care, managing and monitoring their own health
  • Patients whose condition deteriorates can receive clinical intervention quickly
  • Remote monitoring of appropriate patients frees up staff time
  • Oxygen level parameters are customised to each patient
  • Patients receive instant automatic advice relevant to their readings
  • The data submitted can be analysed and reported on as required
  • More patients can be monitored without compromising on patient care and quality.
  • Patients receive the right care, at the right time
  • Patients are monitored at home whilst being supported by their family or carer
  • Remote monitoring can release hospital bed capacity

 

 

Resources

Oximetry @ Home leaflet

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