Covid pulse oximetry@home pathway
NHS England have made more pulse oximeters available for use in primary care to keep people who are symptomatic with covid AND are 65 years or older OR from the shielded group safe at home if appropriate. Patients most at risk of poor outcomes are best identified by oxygen levels. The use of oximetry to monitor and identify 'silent hypoxia' and rapid patient deterioration at home is recommended for this group.
This pack sets out information to support practices to decide who could benefit from pulse oximetry@home; whether they need some supported checks and prompts in addition to the self-management diary and information; how to get pulse oximeters to people; and decontamination of devices. It should be read alongside the general practice standard operating procedure.
An NHS video showing people how to use a pulse oximeter at home is now available in multiple languages as part of the Health and Care video library. This includes 11 of the most commonly spoken languages in England after English. The video is for people with suspected or confirmed coronavirus, who have been asked to monitor their oxygen levels at home using a pulse oximeter and are being supported by COVID Oximetry @home or COVID virtual ward services.
* For patients registered at a Ryedale practice in the NHS North Yorkshire CCG area