Tutorial presented by Dr Avkash Jain, GP in CAVUHB and Community Director for PCIC.
During a telephone consultation, assess the likelihood of COVID-19 infection by the presence of the following symptoms:
Ascertain the severity of the patient’s symptoms, particularly whether they are showing signs of deterioration. Deterioration, particularly after 7-days increases the risk of mortality in patients with COVID-19, especially when they are in a high risk group.
During a telephone consultation watch out for common red flag features:
If the patient presents with any red flags, escalation to hospital may be necessary and this should be discussed with the patient.
Alternative options include: