COVID: Delhi hospitals asked to provide real-time info on beds

The Delhi government has directed the hospitals here to provide a real-time update of daily admission of Coronavirus-positive patients, discharges and changes in bed availability status on their portal.

In an order issued on Thursday, Padmini Singla, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, said the tracking and monitoring of every single Covid-19 positive patient is an exercise crucial towards the efforts to combat and curb the spread of the virus.

“In addition to this, it is also important the government and general public must have knowledge about the hospital preparedness in terms of the infrastructure and bed availability. The effective tracking of this can be done only when all the hospitals (government and private) follow a standardized reporting format,” the order said.

The Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDSP) – Delhi has shared a reporting format with all nodal officers of Covid hospitals responsible for sharing this information, it said.

“The hospital must add its daily admissions of positive patients, discharges and changes in bed availability status on a real time basis on that reporting portal. Every single field mentioned on the portal is of utmost importance for the Department to have adequate information on each patient.”

The order also said the hospitals must also share details of test samples taken and results on the same day that the event takes place against each patient’s details.

“The data filled here (on the portal) will also be reflected on the Delhi Corona App launched by the Delhi government, hence it is very important that details regarding beds status is filled accurately and on a real time basis so that the general public and government administration is well aware of the status of beds in each Covid hospital.”

The reporting format, it added, must be strictly followed by all hospitals so as to ensure there are no discrepancies in the database management.

“In addition, it must be noted that if there are any Covid suspect admissions in the hospital facility, they must be kept in separate ward and therefore the number of isolation beds dedicated for Covid patients must not be allocated to any suspect patients.”

The order also said that it has come to the notice of the government that many asymptomatic and mild symptom cases have been admitted in the hospital facilities.

“Attention is invited to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India as well as this department which clearly state that asymptomatic and mild symptom cases do not need hospitalisation and are either recommended to be kept under home isolation, following the guidelines issued previously by the government for home Isolation or be sent to Covid Care Centres or Covid Hospital Centres if their houses are not suitable for home isolation.”

The order said any mild or asymptomatic patient has to be discharged by the hospital within 24 hours of admission and the concerned District Surveillance Officer (DSO) must be informed about the same.

“All Hospitals are directed to strictly comply with the above directions. Non-compliance will be viewed seriously and action as per provisions of law will be initiated without further notice,” the order added.