Monitoring

Monitor vital signs (i.e., temperature, respiratory rate, heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation) and perform haematology and biochemistry laboratory testing and ECG as clinically indicated during admission. Utilise medical early warning scores that facilitate early recognition and escalation of treatment of deteriorating patients (e.g., National Early Warning Score 2 [NEWS2]) where possible.[5]

Monitor vital signs three to four times daily and fetal heart rate in pregnant women with confirmed infection who are symptomatic and admitted to hospital. Perform fetal growth ultrasounds and Doppler assessments to monitor for potential intrauterine growth restriction in pregnant women with confirmed infection who are asymptomatic.[177]

Perform molecular testing regularly during admission. Two consecutive negative tests (at least 24 hours apart) are required in a clinically recovered patient before discharge.[5] 

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