Guidelines for Admission, Discharge and Transfer of Covid-19 patients

Given the surge in Covid-19 cases in the State, Hospital Beds are a valuable resource and hence, shall be used judiciously for those patients who are clinically in need of these beds. In this context, the guidelines are reiterated for Hospital Admission, Discharge, and Transfer of Covid-19 patients as follows.

Government Covid-19 Hospitals: The patient shall be admitted as per the existing state protocol. However, following their recovery and clinically stable condition, based on the Assessment and Advice of the Treating Physician such patients shall be transferred to a stepdown facility attached to the hospital or to a Covid Care Center as deemed fit. Whenever a patient is discharged, the discharge protocol of the state shall be followed.

Private Hospitals – Those admitted under SAST (Govt. referred patients) – The patient shall be admitted as per the existing state protocol. However, following their recovery and clinically stable condition, based on the assessment and advice of treating physician such patients shall be transferred to a stepdown facility attached to the private hospital at their own cost or to a Govt Covid Care Center as deemed fit. Whenever a patient is discharged from the hospital, the discharge protocol of the state shall be followed.

Private Hospitals – Those admitted in private beds at their own expense (Private Patients): The patient shall be admitted as per the existing state protocol. However, following their recovery and clinically stable condition, based on the assessment and advice of treating physician such patients shall be transferred to a stepdown facility attached to the hospital at their own expense. Whenever a patient is discharged from the hospital, the discharge protocol of the state shall be followed.

‘It is hereby instructed to all the Government and Private Health Care Institutions to follow the above guidelines and follow it immediately’ said the Commissioner, Health and Family Welfare Services, Government of Karnataka in a press release.

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