Rev Esp Quimioter 2023; May 3
Management of COVID-19 pandemic in hospital at home in two regional Spanish hospitals. what it meant, who we cared for, who died and how assistance has evolved over time
DAVID SÁNCHEZ FABRA, TINA HERRERO JORDÁN, ALICIA ALDA LOZANO, VICTORIA DURO SUÁREZ, NURIA SAURA BLASCO, ISABEL TORRES COURCHOUD
Published: 3 May 2023
Introduction. Home Hospitalization (HH) is an alternative hospitalization modality that can be very useful in times of health stress such as the COVID-19 pandemic. This paper includes the management of patients admitted with COVID-19 in HH in two county spanish hospitals for two years.
Methods. A descriptive, observational and retrospective study of all patients admitted at HH with a diagnosis of COVID-19 disease was carried out. Subsequently, further analysis was carried out to characterize the patients who died in HH or 30 days after discharge and another to compare the management between the first phase of the study (2020) and the second one (2021 and part of 2022).
Results. A total of 167 patients were recruited. A 52.1% moved to watch that the recovery continued compared to 40.7% in which it was done to watch that they did not worsen. The patients who died in HAD were older (mean 87.5 years), more comorbid and more likely to have do-not resucitate orders (DNR) in case of cardiac arrest (85%). In the second phase of the study, older patients, more comorbid patients and with a greater degree of DNR orders were admitted than those admitted throughout 2020.
Conclusions. HAD is a useful resource to increase the resilience of health systems in cases of stress such as the disease caused by COVID-19. The development and growth of existing units, as well as the creation of new ones where they do not exist, could be a basic tool for the medicine of the future.
Rev Esp Quimioter 2023; May 3 [Texto completo PDF]