If any stroke patient
* The infectious period for COVID-19 is
Stroke patients in this category should be
N.B. Clinical decisions to remove contact and droplet precautions should not then be based solely on a ‘not detected’ result but on the clinical picture and advice from the infection prevention and control team if required.
Vitals and oxygen saturations should be carefully monitored.
If isolation facilities on the acute stroke unit are not available, high COVID-19 risk stroke patients should be admitted to an area with suitable isolation facilities for example a ‘COVID-19 sorting ward’ under the care of the admitting Stroke Physician or Vascular Neurologist, with access to appropriate nursing care, monitoring and assessment & treatment by members of the Stroke MDT. Joint care with another specialist may be appropriate in these circumstances as per local hospital protocol or as clinical condition dictates.
(on behalf of the clinical advisory group – see appendix for CAG membership)
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