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Triaging: NHS England management of patients with cough and fever, 2 April

NHS England RAG rating of potential Covid-19 patients

Source: NHS England

NHS England has released a clinical guide to managing patients with a cough and a temperature, released on 2 April.

RAG rating patients with cough and a temperature

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specialty guide patient with cough and temperature 31 march p2 2000x1125px

Reasons to admit to hospital bed

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Readers' comments (4)

  • Where did this come from? Does not reflect what is happening on ground. Just had really sick patient triaged by 111 to primary care! She could hardly speak. Typical covid presentation 9 days ago fever and flu like symptoms the increasingly breathless over past week. Not sure what my role was other than to tell her she needed to be in hospital!

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  • So all patients need o2 sats. How do we do that?

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  • What exactly is the ''40 steps desaturation test''...how practically do you do this in primary care....ended up having to Google it...still no definite answer....could Pulse please enquire further and provide clarification

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  • This requires full face to face consultation. Sats, BP, Pulse. This isin't triage. This should be an assessment of patients after triage?

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