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A Suggestion from South Korea for Treatment of Mild or Asymptomatic COVID-19 Infected Patients: Living and Treatment Support Center

Version 1 : Received: 12 April 2020 / Approved: 16 April 2020 / Online: 16 April 2020 (08:23:06 CEST)

How to cite: Lee, S.Y.; Kang, E.; Kim, Y.S.; Cho, B.; Kim, M.S.; Jung, H. A Suggestion from South Korea for Treatment of Mild or Asymptomatic COVID-19 Infected Patients: Living and Treatment Support Center. Preprints 2020, 2020040266 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202004.0266.v1). Lee, S.Y.; Kang, E.; Kim, Y.S.; Cho, B.; Kim, M.S.; Jung, H. A Suggestion from South Korea for Treatment of Mild or Asymptomatic COVID-19 Infected Patients: Living and Treatment Support Center. Preprints 2020, 2020040266 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202004.0266.v1).

Abstract

With the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), there is a need for efficient management of patients with mild or no symptoms, which account for the majority. The aim of this study is to introduce the structure and operation protocol of a living and treatment support centre (LTSC) operated by Seoul National University Hospital in South Korea. The existing accommodation facility was converted into a 'patient centre' where patients was isolated. A few Medical staff here performed medical tests and responded to emergencies. Another part of the LTSC was 'remote monitoring centre'. In this center, patients’ self-measured vital signs and symptoms were monitored twice a day, and the medical staff staying here provided video-consultation via a smartphone. During the 3 weeks from March 5 to March 26, 2020, 113 patients were admitted and treated. LTSC could be an efficient alternative to hospital admission in pandemic situation like COVID-19.

Subject Areas

COVID-19; mild patients; quarantine facility; video-consultation; living and treatment support center

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