MDT message for potential Coronavirus patients

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As you will be aware, the Trust, along with other health authorities, are undertaking surveillance of patients to identify where they could potentially have coronavirus.

This surveillance tool is being undertaken by emergency call handlers for calls which indicate a respiratory condition/problem as the reason for their call. The call handler will triage the 999 call in the normal manner and subsequently ask questions in relation to travel and additional signs and symptoms, looking for leading signs of coronavirus.

In the event that the patient has travelled to a designated area (currently Wuhan) and if they have one or more symptom this will trigger an escalation within the AOC that the patient is a positive following surveillance and will be escalated to a clinical coordinator (CCORD) for review. It is important to note that this is purely surveillance and a positive response in the tool does not confirm that a patient has the virus.

Following escalation the CCORD will undertake a review of the patient’s condition and will offer any advice and guidance to the attending crews.

Once the surveillance tool has been used and has shown a positive this information will be sent to the MDT in the following format:

The formatted MDT data will show as; Location travelled, followed by the symptoms of the patient.

Should you have any questions about the management of a patient with potential conoravirus please contact the Clinical Advice Line on 01234 779203 (Option 1).

Published 31st January 2020

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