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The next is a abstract of “An outpatient mannequin of take care of COVID-19 contaminated kidney transplant sufferers – The hospital-at-home,” revealed within the Could 2023 concern of Nephrology by Liew, et al.
The COVID-19 pandemic continued to pose challenges for healthcare methods, with periodic surges attributable to viral variants. Nevertheless, developments in COVID-19 vaccines, antiviral remedy, monoclonal antibodies, and telemedicine have considerably diminished the morbidity and mortality related to COVID-19. Telemedicine, particularly, has emerged as a worthwhile software for distant monitoring and care. These developments have paved the best way for adopting a hospital-at-home (HaH) mannequin of take care of kidney transplant recipients (KTRs) contaminated with COVID-19.
Within the research, KTRs with confirmed COVID-19 an infection underwent triage and laboratory assessments by way of teleconsultation. Appropriate sufferers have been then enrolled within the HaH program, the place every day distant monitoring through teleconsults was performed. Sufferers remained within the HaH program till they met the standards for de-isolation based mostly on a predetermined time-based criterion. Monoclonal antibodies have been administered in a devoted clinic when indicated.
A complete of 81 KTRs with COVID-19 have been enrolled within the HaH program between February and June 2022. Amongst them, 70 (86.4%) accomplished their restoration within the HaH program with none issues. Eleven sufferers (13.6%) required inpatient hospitalization, both for medical points (n = 8) or weekend monoclonal antibody infusion (n = 3). Sufferers who required inpatient hospitalization had longer time since transplantation (15 years vs. 10 years, P = .03), decrease hemoglobin ranges (11.6 g/dL vs. 13.1 g/dL, P = .01), decrease estimated glomerular filtration price (39.Eight vs. 62.9 mL/min/1.73 m2, P < .05), and decrease ranges of receptor binding area (RBD) antibodies (<50 AU/mL vs. 1,435 AU/mL, P = .02). The HaH program saved a complete of 753 inpatient patient-days, with no deaths noticed. The hospital admission price from the HaH program was 13.6%, and sufferers requiring inpatient care have been instantly admitted with out using emergency division sources.
Chosen KTRs with COVID-19 an infection may be safely managed in a HaH program, which helps alleviate the pressure on inpatient and emergency healthcare sources.