Health teams to detect ‘red flag signs’ in home isolated +ves | Nagpur News

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Nagpur: District health teams have now been instructed to be more vigilant about ‘red flag signs’, being termed as ‘dhokyachi ghanti’ or alert message related to home isolated patients and refer them to hospital at the earliest to check the growing Covid fatality, rate which seems to be spiralling out of control even in rural places.
The signs, which are nothing but known symptoms of Covid, are now being assessed on priority basis for more closer scrutiny to ensure hospitalization is not delayed for home isolated patients, whose monitoring has been made a systematic exercise in the district with guidelines and 14-day checklist for healthcare workers.
As per an official source, on an average around 1,100-1,200 patients are being tested positive daily, while Covid death figures are hovering around 25 a day in the district, which is much more than the numbers recorded last year.
The number of positive patients detected daily was around 550 and deaths were between 15-20 during the peak in September last year.
An official said, list of the ‘red flag signs’, which include symptoms like oxygen level falling below 94 in pulse oximeter, fever above 100 degree Fahrenheit, body and head ache, uneasiness, loss of taste and/or smell, loose motions, cough and cold and any other usual symptoms, is being provided as part of the guidelines for the health teams to scrutinize condition of home isolated patients.
The guidelines also include ‘six-minute walk’ test, which was reported by TOI, wherein the patient’s pulse oximeter count must not fall below 94-mark or slide down by four counts after the walk. “Early detection and timely hospitalization soon after noticing the danger signs would help check the fatality rate and boost recoveries of home isolated patients,” said district collector Ravindra Thakare.
District health officer Dr Deepak Shelokar said a checklist of certain prescribed Covid behaviours for home isolated patients too is being provided to the health workers for better monitoring.

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