Now, asymptomatic patients in Thrissur can take home care
Thrissur: The health department here is encouraging treatment at home for COVID patients who are asymptomatic. In Thrissur district, over 200 asymptomatic patients are taking home care.
Home care option is being encouraged for asymptomatic patients and those aged above 60 years who are not suffering from other diseases. The health department is mulling home care as the number of patients is increasing in the district.
COVID-19 patients who want to take home care must give an affidavit to the PHC medical officer declaring that he prefers to continue at home. If these patients develop any symptoms, they can contact the PHC medical officer at any time over the phone.
The PHC medical officer and the team will examine the health status of other members in the house where the COVID patient is under treatment.
The patients who are in home care should assess the oxygen level in blood and pulse rate at least twice in a day by using pulse-oximeter.
If the patient develops any symptoms like irregular heartbeat, breathing problem, weakness, chest pain, blood in the swab, mental problems or other symptoms should immediately contact the PHC medical officer.
How to use Pulse Oximeter
- Pulse Oximeter should be fixed on the index finger.
- The finger should not be moved for 6 to 10 seconds for taking the accurate reading through the meter.
- The meter should be switched on after placing it on the finger.
- Usually, the oxygen level on blood is between 95 and 100. If it is below 94, the patient should contact the health department.
- Pulse rate in adults is usually between 60 and 100 and for children, it is between 75 and 140.
- The reading may show incorrectly if the patient has nail polish or injury on the finger.
- The meter may show an inaccurate reading on children.
- If the pulse rate increases while relaxing, the patient should be careful.