Patients recovering from Covid-19 who are discharged from hospital may continue to need care and support as many of them could develop persistent psychological difficulties as a result of their experiences of illness and treatment, say new guidelines from the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) as per COVID-19 Information & Resources.
Some recovering patients may also present with varying degrees of communication or cognitive impairment, NHS said, adding that the impact of Covid-19 on patients is a rapidly-evolving picture and comprehensive data is not yet available on all aspects.
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So primary and community health services should work with families, care homes and domiciliary care to support the provision of holistic care for patients discharged from hospital after Covid-19.
There is evidence that patients with Covid-19 experience a high prevalence of thromboembolic disease in which blood clots form in blood vessels, according to the NHS.
Furthermore, some patients treated in intensive care units with severe Covid-19 develop pulmonary arterial hypertension.
Patients with pulmonary embolic disease will require treatment based upon review by appropriate teams to define the optimal duration of anticoagulation and long-term follow-up, according to the document titled ‘After-care needs of inpatients recovering from COVID-19’.
Over 297,000 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the UK, while more than 41,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. (IANS)